Become a volunteer
If you’re thinking about volunteering with us, please complete the application form and our Volunteer Support Worker will invite you in for a chat. Please read the rest of this page to make sure that we would be a good match for each other. Please read the rest of this page to make sure that we would be a good match for each other.
The chat will be with the Volunteer Support Worker or a member of our Senior Management Team, depending on the role you’re applying for. The purpose of the conversation is to clarify the information you’ve provided on your application form, to confirm the work you wish to do, the support you will receive as a volunteer at CCC-B, and for you to decide whether you want to continue with your application. Once this is established, we will agree a start date. We will need references, and possibly a DBS check depending on the nature of the voluntary work. You will receive an induction, and training will be organised periodically.
Chinese Community Centre – Birmingham was started by volunteers who saw the need to help with navigating and accessing essential services such as GPs, hospitals, education, and social services. Although these days we have paid staff, many of our services would not be possible without the continued support of volunteers who not only work alongside staff, but also run many
of our activities.
New volunteers are always welcome. You may like to help with a regular activity or with a one-off project, or activities in a specific area such as: health and wellbeing activities, elderly support, social functions, fundraising, or back-office functions such as IT.
Many of our volunteers start out as service users who then want to give back to the community, but it is not essential to have used our services to become a volunteer for us. Most of our volunteering opportunities do not require you to need qualifications or experience, but you do need a desire to help people connect, participate and feel recognised and valued.
In order to volunteer with health and wellbeing, carers or elderly projects, it is essential to speak at least one Chinese dialect as many of our service users have very limited English. In the other areas of our organisation, it is helpful but not essential to speak Chinese.
As a volunteer, you will receive an induction and relevant training, such as Health & Safety, and Safeguarding, as and when this can be arranged.
Volunteer roles are unpaid but we cover the cost of an NX Daysaver for each day you volunteer with us.
Our volunteers often organise social gatherings among themselves, so it’s also a fun and engaging way to make new friends and have fun.