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Become a Volunteer


Volunteers are a fundamental part of the Ormiston Families’ team. We currently have over 200 dedicated volunteers supporting our work across the East of England, helping us to achieve our vision of ‘safe, healthy, happy children’.

We have a variety of volunteering opportunities available, including:

  • Admin and research.
  • Fundraising.
  • Group and 1:1 support roles.
  • Mentoring.
  • Reception and Tea Bar roles at our friendly prison visitor centres.
  • With children, for example in crèches and play areas.
  • We are also open to volunteers' own ideas.

The support you can provide by volunteering can have a powerful and lasting impact, for our service users, for Ormiston Families, as well as for volunteers themselves. Volunteering can also help break down barriers and bring communities together.

We believe pretty much everyone has the potential to be a great volunteer and we understand that volunteers come to us for all sorts of reasons, so we will always be as flexible as we can in helping you to get involved. We recruit volunteers from all walks of life and particularly look for the following in our volunteers:

  • Reliability and a positive attitude
  • Respectful of others and able to get on with people
  • Aged at least 16 (or 18 to volunteer with our work in prisons)

If you are interested in volunteering with us, we’d love to hear from you – simply fill in our online application form or download here and submit it electronically to volunteering@ormistonfamilies.org.uk and we will be in touch with you very soon.

Alternatively, if you would like any further information you can contact our Volunteering Manager Tori Burr by emailing volunteering@ormistonfamilies.org.uk or calling 01493 745253.

We openly welcome applications from all members of the public – without your help, we could never achieve so much for young people and their families.

Current Volunteer Vacancies

To find out more about volunteering opportunities at Ormiston Families click on the links below:

If you are interested in any of the above roles simply fill in our online application form or download here and submit it electronically to volunteering@ormistonfamilies.org.uk and we will be in touch with you very soon.

Suffolk Young Trustee Programme (18-25 year olds)

Suffolk Young Trustee Programme postcard Copy5Ormiston Families are looking for a Young Shadow Trustee to be part of their board and learn more about the role of a trustee.

Trustees play an important role leading and overseeing a charity and this is an opportunity to find out more about this role and be a Youth Representative to ensure young people have a  stronger voice within our charity and community. Training and support for this role will be offered.

Suffolk Young Trustee Programme is a unique volunteering opportunity which will boost your leadership and employability skills.

A volunteer role which will really make a difference.
You will become a non-voting Young Shadow Trustee for one year
You will be offered free training and support on the role of a Trustee

A volunteer role you can put on your CV, job applications and helps develop your leadership skills and confidence.

This role is for one year and to be considered for this role you need to be 18+ and be able to commit to the following:

  • To attend all quarterly board meetings over a year
  • To attend the training offered and attend a workshop on finance
  • To regularly contact the mentor – either before a board meeting or over the phone/email
  • To get to know your charity – either by visiting or attending events
  •  To attend a review session and end of programme workshop

Find out more about this exciting opportunity from Tori Burr, Volunteering Manager: tori.burr@ormistonfamilies.org.uk or Janet, janet.perry@communityactionsuffolk.org.uk

Or apply https://www.communityactionsuffolk.org.uk/volunteering/young-leadership-project/

Why Volunteer with Ormiston Families?

“I really enjoy volunteering, it feels good to help families and I have been thanked by them on numerous occasions, is it great to be able to make a little difference to their lives.”

“Volunteering at Ormiston Families has greatly helped me develop skills and experience that contributed to me getting on to my university degree.”

“Ormiston Families’ staff are very encouraging, understanding and helpful. They treat the volunteers very well and make them feel valued.”

”Volunteering has been an absolute pleasure, helping others has proved to be enriching and enlightening thanks to the excellent caring ethos Ormiston Families promote.”