Volunteer Ready Dorset
7:43am 20th March 2014
(Updated 11:56am 20th March 2014)
Close to 15,000 volunteers play a vital role in keeping Dorset ticking over every year, and they're becoming more important than ever.
The counties Volunteer Centre, in Dorchester, have been running for 30 years and they're growing.
Deputy Manager Craig Womble says there are loads of diverse opportunities for people to explore as a volunteer, from outdoor events, helping protect the environment along the Jurassic Coast or coaching sports teams;
"Sport as we know is quite big nowadays off the back of the Olympics. As sport increases so does the requirement for volunteers. It's a big old world out there and volunteering is heavily involved in it, front of house and behind the scenes."
Craig told us there are many different types of people out there who might fancy taking on a volunteer role;
"There's a misconception that volunteering is a total thing, it can be anything to helping out at a couple of events a year to those that want a regular commitment whether that be 3 or 4 hours a day or 1 day a week. It's a complete choice thing really, we're happy to put people in touch with organisations so they can discuss their needs with the group they may work with."
Reps from Dorset's Volunteer Centre will be at the Best of Dorset Show inside Weymouth Pavilion at the end of the month where you can find out more.
Can't wait? Click here to find out more about becoming a Dorset volunteer or visit the Dorchester Volunteer Centre on Ackland Road where you can chat with an outreach worker.