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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).


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 Assessements are currently being updated - Contact us for the latest version*



Community Volunteering Newsletters

Download the latest Community Volunteering Newsletter



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.



Upcoming Events




Meeting Point

October 15th 2016

Kempston Litter Pick


Outside Sainsbury’s (Bedford Road)

October 15th 2016

Ravensden Litter Pick


Sunderland Close (Next to the Curry Mansion)

October 22nd 2016

Stevington Litter Pick


Stevington Village Hall Car Park

October 22nd 2016

Stagsden Litter Pick


Millennium Green Junction (off Bedford Rd & Spring Rd)

October 23rd 2016

Pavenham Litter Pick


Pavenham Village Hall

October 29th 2016

Pertenhall Litter Pick


Pertenhall Village Hall

October 29th 2016

Swineshead Litter Pick


Swineshead Village Hall

November 6th 2016

Bedford Rugby Club Litter Pick


Bedford Rugby Club


For more volunteering information contact us:

Events and Community Engagement Officer

Tel: 01234 228759



Any Questions? Check out our Frequently asked questions page.

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