Volunteer for Jigsaw

Volunteers are key to many of Jigsaw’s activities. Volunteering can help you to gain new skills, use old ones and make new friends.

We have a long history of volunteer involvement. Since forming in 2000, we’ve provided opportunities for local people to join us in a range of roles.  Volunteers help us to deliver some services and to raise much needed awareness of how we support independence at home for local, older, disabled and vulnerable people.

We aim for the highest standards of volunteer involvement. We provide support and development for all of our volunteers. Whether you are looking for vital work experience or evidence for your personal statement for university or you have some time and you want to give something back, talk to us, we’re listening.

We’re a gold standard member of fair train. This means that all work experience gained with us meets their top standards for quality.

Hear from a volunteer

Recent graduate Rebecca Gelson volunteered with Jigsaw for 3 months as a communications volunteer and subsequently found her dream job in academic publishing. Read her testimonial here.

Please have a look at our current vacancies, if you have any queries, please contact the volunteering team – call 01623 415974 and speak to Cate Bones for all Befriending volunteering roles.

Current Volunteer Opportunities:

At Home Befriending volunteers

Our Befriending volunteers deliver life enhancing support in the home by just being there to listen and chat.

Volunteers provide friendship and companionship with an hour long, weekly visit to housebound over 60’s in Mansfield and Ashfield. If you have an hour a week to spare and would like to be there for older people who are desperate for someone to talk to please read the role description form.

Some of our befriending services users have an identified goal they would like to achieve.  This can vary from getting out of the house to attend a social activity to learning to use basic IT.  For this role, we require mentors to support them through this journey to achieve their goal.

Group Befriending Volunteers

We are looking for volunteers to help us to expand our network of ‘Jigsaw Friends’ – group befriending around the county. You will set up and run a group for isolated older people.

Please read the role description here.


There are numerous opportunities to be involved with fundraising these can include:

  • Bag packing at local supermarkets
  • Helping at community venues with tombola, cake sales, raffles etc.
  • Organising your own fundraising event (i.e. coffee morning)
  • Taking part in a sponsored event
  • Helping to source prizes for events
  • Helping to organise events
  • Helping with publicity for events

To view the role description please click here.


Opportunities for people with relevant experience to become trustees of the Charity are available.  We look for people with skills, knowledge or expertise in a wide range of areas including decision making, strategic direction, fundraising, business, finance and charity law.  If you want to know more please contact Ian Marshall, Chief Officer – 01623 415974 for an informal chat.

Work Placement/Work Experience

Jigsaw will work with local schools, colleges, universities and individuals with the aim to provide suitable individuals with experience, skills, contacts and career choices through work placements.

Opportunities for a work placement with Jigsaw are available under the following headings:

  • Administration – this can be general business administration or fundraising administration

Read more about the recruitment process. 

For more information please contact us.
Volunteer for Jigsaw