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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.
The Do-it, Be more website allows you to search for volunteering opportunities in your area, for people and causes that matter to you.
Lancashire constabulary relies on volunteers to improve their quality of service to local communities. For more information and to find your local volunteer coordinator visit the Lancashire Constabulary volunteer website.
There are many opportunities within the NHS for volunteers, so whatever your interests visit the NHS Choices How to volunteer website to find a volunteer opportunity that suits you.
Uclan also offers a volunteer both for students and members of the public. See Becoming a volunteer at Uclan for more information.
Volunteer support is the key to Preston FM, and they are always looking for as many individuals and organisations as possible to get involved - both on-air and in supporting roles. More information can be found on the Preston FM Facebook page.