Volunteering in Cheltenham

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People choose to volunteer for a variety of reasons. For some it offers the chance to give something back to the community or make a difference to the people around them. For others it provides an opportunity to develop new skills or build on existing experience and knowledge.

Every year many individuals choose to volunteer with Cheltenham Borough Council. Volunteers bring new skills, new ideas and a fresh perspective. Volunteering can be a great way to gain experience, meet people and contribute to services which will make a real difference to the town and its communities.

We have opportunities to volunteer in a wide range of services and activities; from supporting local green spaces to helping out at events in the town, such as the Midsummer Fiesta or local cycling events. 

Volunteering has many benefits, such as:

  • gaining new experience
  • enhancing your skills
  • adding something new to your CV
  • building confidence and self-esteem
  • spending quality time away from work or a busy lifestyle
  • meeting people and making new friends
  • getting to know the local community
  • feeling good about helping others

If you are interested in volunteering with us please complete the volunteer application form to be kept on record for upcoming opportunities.

Policies and guidance

Our volunteering policy recognises the valuable contribution of our volunteers and provides consistent standards for volunteering opportunities with Cheltenham Borough Council. 

Our volunteer handbook provides a useful guide to volunteering with the council and practical information to help you in your role.

Read the volunteering privacy statement.


If you are a constituted group, with your own public liability insurance cover, that would like to volunteer for Cheltenham Borough Council then please complete and return the group application form.


If you'd like to find out more about volunteering please contact volunteering@cheltenham.gov.uk or call 01242 264376.

Other ways to volunteer

You can find more opportuinities and information about volunteering on the Volunteering Gloucestershire website.