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Preparation for Volunteering

“Everyone has the right to volunteer and should have equal access to positive volunteering opportunities without experiencing unfair discrimination.”

About the course

Gosport Voluntary Action’s Supported Volunteering Team regularly run the Preparation for Volunteering course. The course is open to people who wish to gain confidence generally and hopefully go on to volunteer.

Topics such as communication, assertiveness, and course members’ strengths, needs and aspirations are discussed. Various teaching strategies are used including role play. Course members have a work-book to complete and can receive a certificate of attendance.

At the end of the course, help and advice is offered to course members who feel that they are ready to volunteer. There are many opportunities locally and our volunteering team, Go Volunteer, can help course members find a suitable volunteer role.

Previous participants have benefited enormously from the course, have enjoyed volunteering – and some have progressed to paid work.

Upcoming course

Courses are currently on hold due to Covid-19.  However, you can still express your interest in participating in an upcoming course via the contact details at the bottom of this page.

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Who can attend the course?

The course is open to people aged 18 years and over. Priority for places will be given to people with mental health and support needs.

Note: support can be given to participants who have difficulty with reading and writing.

How long is the course?

The course is spread over 6 weeks, each weekly session being 2 hours long, with appropriate breaks. There is also a welcome session a day before the course starts.

All future courses will be announced once funding has been confirmed.

Is there a cost for the course?

No, the course is fully funded, and free of charge to course members.

Find out more

An informal chat is required prior to the course starting; this helps us to discuss the course in more detail and ensure we can support each applicant appropriately.

Please contact the Supported Volunteering Team if you would like further information, or would like to make an appointment:

Phone 02392 588347 or email:

If you require this document in any other form, please call us on 02392 588347


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