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Community Volunteering

Want to spend more time outdoors and help to improve the environment? Use the links below to find out more about environmental volunteering opportunities in Bedford.

Register as a Volunteer

To register your interest in any of our volunteering opportunities please complete a volunteer registration form . By completing this form your details will be added to the volunteer database enabling you to automatically receive regular updates on volunteering opportunities.

REGISTER as a volunteer by completing this online form

or by downloading a Volunteer Registration Form

(download, print and email or post this to us - see the form for return details).


New GDPR Information

Bedford Borough Council Community Volunteering Privacy Statement


When you sign up to become a volunteer, attend a volunteering event or request to be informed of  Community Volunteering opportunities with Bedford Borough Council we will keep the information you provide to us on our database.


Your data is treated confidentially and will be used only for the purpose or purposes for which you have provided it. Furthermore, unless the Council are required to disclose it by law or are permitted to do so, your data will not be passed to any third parties or shared with other departments for the Council for any other purposes unless you have indicated or have previously indicated that you have no objection to us doing so.


Any personal information you provide will be retained by the Council for as long as it is reasonably necessary for the relevant purpose for which you provided it or for as long as is necessary and reasonable in the circumstances and also to enable the Council fulfil any statutory or regulatory requirements.

If you are 16 or under you will need to get your parent’s or guardian’s consent before providing personal information to us.

This statement may be updated from time to time.


Volunteering What's on Guide

If you would like to read about community volunteering successes, where to go to join a group or event or how to keep in touch with the Volunteering Team, take a look at our new handy What's on Guide. This will be renewed quarterly so if you have anything that you would like to add to our next edition, why not contact us via the details at the bottom of this page.  

What's on Guide October to December 2018



Risk Assessments

Once you have registered to become a community volunteer, be sure to read our risk assessments to ensure that you stay safe when volunteering for us.


Community Champion Risk Assessment

Parks Champion and Friends of the Parks Risk Assessment

Event Champion Risk Assessment

*N.B. Risk Assessments are currently being updated - Contact us for the latest version*



Volunteering Opportunities

Park Champions & Friends of Parks

If you would like to spend more time in the great outdoors and volunteering in your local park or green space interests you then register as a volunteer above and select the option to become a Park Champion/Friend of Parks. Registering will ensure that you receive information on how and where you can start volunteering. We have an array of opportunities for Park Champion Volunteers; to tickle your taste buds visit our dedicated page: Volunteering in Parks webpage


Community Champions

The Community Champions Scheme has been set up in 2016 to amalgamate a number of former volunteer opportunities into a well-rounded and exciting volunteering role. If you are interested in becoming more proactive within your local area, then the Community Champions Scheme will be right up your street (excuse the pun). Community Champions can be any age (under 16's must be accompanied by an adult) and can give as little or as much time as they want and can cover as many streets as they wish. We will encourage you to report issues that you come across and litter pick when you feel there is a need. All of which helps us in keeping our streets, clean, safe and green. Community Champions, will also be invited to attend community clean up events or proactive environmental events that the council schedule throughout the year. 


We provide equipment such as litter pickers and our reporting procedures, so you will have all you need to get hands on within this role. 


Event Champions

A number of events are held throughout the year by the Environment and Sustainable Communities Teams. Volunteers are welcomed to support these events by getting involved in planning, setting up, taking photographs, running stalls, serving refreshments, meet and greet, delivering flyers and leaflets and keeping the event clear of litter. If you are able to help at events please tick the relevant box on the registration form and the Events and Community Engagement Officer will get in touch to let you know about local events you could volunteer at.




For more volunteering information contact us:

Events and Community Engagement Officer

Tel: 01234 228759

Email: volunteering@bedford.gov.uk


Any Questions? Check out our Frequently asked questions page.

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