We rely on volunteers in the following areas and we really appreciate the goodwill of volunteers and the time they provide.
We receive invaluable help from the local community to look after its parks and streets and work with a number of volunteers who give up their time to make Preston a cleaner, greener place.
If you love where you live and are keen to help protect, improve and promote our local environment and green open spaces then why not join one of the following local groups:
Friends of the park groups volunteer
We have a crucial network of Friends groups who play a vital role in protecting and enhancing parks, woodlands, play areas and green spaces in Preston. By working in partnership with us, this gives residents a bigger say in what happens in their local park.
For a list of current friends groups and how to join see Friends of the park.
Litter picker volunteer
Delays in processing applications due to latest lockdown
Thank you very much for your interest in environmental volunteering. We have been overwhelmed with enquiries for voluntary litter picking during the latest lockdown, but all applications have been on hold whilst we were following the 'stay at home' Covid -19 guidance. Now we are 'unlocking' we unfortunately no longer have a Volunteers Officer to manage the process, yet have a backlog of applications to catch up with, so please bear with us whilst we clear the backlog and catch up.
We have just placed a bulk order to restock our litter picking equipment supplies, for volunteers, however our suppliers have also been overwhelmed with demand and advise it may take until mid May for them to fulfil our order. So please be patient. We will contact people when we are in a position to progress the applications and issue equipment and volunteer packs.
How to apply
Our volunteer litter pickers are a dedicated set of individuals who pride themselves with clearing our green spaces and parks from litter and rubbish. We are extremely grateful for the hard work that they do.
We can loan volunteers equipment to aid in personal and group litter picking activities. This includes our rubbish bags, bag holders and litter pickers.
If you would like to become a litter picking volunteer please complete the following online form:
Conservation work volunteer
If you are interested in helping to maintain our prestigious parks and becoming a volunteer ranger please complete the following online form:
Work club volunteers
Would you like to help support the 16 work clubs in Preston along with other volunteers? Would you like to share your skills to help other people in Preston? Then we would love to hear from you.
Work clubs are a friendly and free service run by local community organisations who offer support with C.V. writing, job searches, how to complete an application form, interview skills and building confidence.
If you would like to volunteer or need more information please contact the Community Involvement Team on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01772 906453
Harris Museum and Art Gallery
The Harris Museum has a number of volunteer opportunities within the museum and gallery space.
If you would like to volunteer at the Harris Museum and Art Gallery please contact them via:
- Email: email@example.com
- Tel: 01772 258248
To find out more information please visit Harris Museum and Art Gallery volunteers.
Canine Volunteers are members of the public who can act as our eyes and ears and report any dog control issues to our Dog Warden Team. Our volunteers also have the ability to talk to dog owners about responsible dog ownership.
If you are interested in becoming a canine volunteer please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lancashire County Council volunteer hub
Lancashire County Council have a diverse range of volunteer opportunities to offer supporting a variety of services.
- Shopping Assistants (Homes for Older People)
- Mentoring and Befrienders (Adult Social Care)
- Supporting Unpaid Carers
- Young People's Service volunteers
- Countryside Rangers
- Test Purchasers (Trading Standards)
Other voluntary opportunities
There is nothing to stop you making a direct approach to any organisation to ask about volunteering.
All organisations are keen to make use of skills and talents and time given by members of the community. You may be referred to a central office in your town, which deals with volunteering.
There may be security or health checks but don't be put off by these. All organisations are obliged by law to check out the credentials of both paid and unpaid workers, especially where there might be frail or vulnerable clients.
National volunteering website
Do-it allows you to search for volunteering opportunities in your area, for people and causes that matter to you. For opportunities visit the Do-it website.
Lancashire Constabulary relies on volunteers to improve their quality of service to local communities. For opportunities visit Lancashire Constabulary - Volunteering.
There are many opportunities within the NHS for volunteers, so whatever your interests visit NHS - Get Involved to find a volunteer opportunity that suits you.
University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN)
UCLan offers a volunteer programme, both for students and members of the public. For opportunities visit UCLan - Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership.