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Rachel Bates

Why do people volunteer with Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance?

Our Volunteer Team is approximately 500-strong. We recognise that each and every volunteer is unique and plays a vital role in helping LNAA. Some people get involved because they want to expand their skill set for employability, others want to leave a lasting legacy in their community, whilst many want to meet new people and have fun.

To hear from some of our volunteers about why they volunteer with us, please see our Volunteer Voices page.

 

Where can I volunteer?

Our Volunteers mainly help out within the counties of Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire. On occasions, some events take us out of these areas. It’s entirely up to you which opportunities you’d like to get involved in.

 

Notts Volunteer Speaker Peter Nicholls
Notts Volunteer Speaker Peter Nicholls

How much time do I need to commit?

As much or as little as you like – our charity shop volunteers tend to have a regular shift pattern but the majority of our volunteers tend to donate their time on an ad hoc basis.

 

Can I volunteer from home?

There may be some opportunities where volunteering from home is possible.

 

Are travel expenses paid?

Yes, we reimburse all reasonable travel expenses with prior arrangement from your Volunteer Coordinator.

 

Do you provide references?

Certainly. If you’ve represented Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance in an appropriate manner, your Volunteer Coordinator will provide a reference for you.

 

If your question is unanswered here, please contact your local Volunteer Coordinator.

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Collections

Street and store collections can take place whenever, wherever, all in the name of raising funds and awareness. Throw on a hi-viz bib, grab a bucket (don’t shake it, remember) and a reel of stickers, and you’re away. It’s bread and butter fundraising at its best.

Collection Boxes

Box collectors are responsible for monitoring and collecting from the collection boxes within our two counties. Collectors are given an area to cover in their preferred county. This involves building up friendships with our supporters who are kind and generous enough to have our boxes on display in their businesses

Volunteering Sandi and Fundraising Janet

Cheque Presentations

It’s always great to acknowledge those who have raised money for our charity and cheque presentations are the epitome of this. Being an ambassador at an event or photo opportunity enables us to publicly thank the amazing work of our communities. After all, our Air Ambulance only exists because of the people who support us.

Talks/Presentations

Having a captive audience is a brilliant way to spread the good word of our charity and operations. Presentations can involve a PowerPoint, or be a more directly spoken, interactive experience. As long as we get the necessary facts and figures across, with a bit of humour thrown in for good measure, then every talk should be a success!

Shop Helping

Our charity shops are the face of the Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance in their respective areas. As well as raising money for our charity, they also serve their local community through the recycling of donated goods and provide a friendly experience for regular and new customers. Roles in the shop include making sales displays, taking payments and interacting with the customers.

Stock Sorting

Sorting and rummaging is a satisfying role for those who like to find “hidden treasures” in the public’s donated items. From clothing to bric a brac, DVDs to furniture, all types of donated goods are sorted to ensure our charity shops are well stocked with clean, resale-able items.

Event Attending

Come rain or shine, we need to keep our charity in the heart and minds of our Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire communities. Be it a large outdoor County Show during the summer months under one of our tents, complete with mud, brollies and wellies, or a cosy, comfortable Christmas card sale in a village hall in winter, we rely on our volunteers to make this possible.