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The Lantern Community, Living, working and sharing together

Volunteering at the Lantern

Volunteering near Ringwood, United Kingdom


A number of volunteers give their time to a whole range of activities that include gardening, handcrafts, printing, transport and tutoring. As well as new volunteers, many have been coming to the Lantern for a number of years and all are considered members of the Community. Their individual contribution is highly valued and appreciated.

Our Volunteer Policy aims to clearly define the relationship that the Lantern Community wishes to develop with volunteers, the support and guidance available to them, and the broad principles for volunteering. All members of the Community acknowledge the valuable life experience and skills that each volunteer offers, along with loyalty, friendship and the commitment required to freely give of personal time.

The Lantern Community recognises that volunteering must benefit the individual as well as ourselves, and aims to provide an environment that is inclusive, stimulating, friendly and supportive. We wish to continually maintain and develop a creative and mutually beneficial relationship between volunteers and the Community, recognising that volunteers are a positive force in describing our work and engendering support and understanding in the wider community.

The Lantern Community operates an Equal Opportunities and Diversity Policy for all and believes that no one should be treated less favourably than anyone else because of their gender, marital status, sexual orientation, social class, race, ethnic origin, religious belief or disability. We are committed to diversity in all areas of our work and believe that we can learn from diverse cultures and perspectives.

If you would like to consider volunteering, we would be happy to meet you to discuss how this might be of mutual benefit. There are no fixed hours involved, and a wide variety of opportunities exist to match skills you may wish to offer, to the Communities needs. You can read our volunteer policy and complete the application form.

It is a legal requirement that a Disclosure and Barring check (DBS) is carried out for all volunteers.

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Any amount of time that you give to support us is valuable, be it an intermittent or regular commitment. We would welcome the opportunity to discuss and tailor your volunteering on a mutual basis.
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We are required by law to apply for a criminal records check with the Criminal Records Bureau. Consideration of your volunteering role will be subject to a satisfactory reply before the appointment is confirmed.

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