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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

Date Time Location Type of Event Meeting Point
25.02.2017 11am-4pm Harpur Suite, Bedford  Volunteer Fair Harpur Suite
26.02.2017 12-2pm Queens Park  Community Clean Up  Ford End Road Car Park
02.03.2017 Various Hills Academy  School Clean Up School - Pupils Only
04.03.2017 9am-11am Shortstown Big Forest Clean  Community Clean Up  Beauvais Square
04.03.2017 10am-12 Willington Big Forest Clean  Community Clean Up  Village Hall, Willington
04.03.2017 10am-12 Little Staughton Big Spring Clean  Community Clean Up  Village Hall, Little Staughton 
04.03.2017 9:30am-11:30 Wixams Big Forest Clean  Community Clean Up  Lakeview Village Hall
04.03.2017 10am-12 Renhold & Elstow Spring  Community Clean Up  TBC
11.03.2017 10am-12 Stagsden  Community Clean Up  Millennium Green Junction
(off Bedford Rd & Spring Rd)
11.03.2017 10am-11 Felmersham  Community Clean Up  Bus Shelter (High Rd/Church End)
11.03.2017 10am-11 Radwell  Community Clean Up  Village Green, Radwell
11.03.2017 10am-12 Brickhill  Community Clean Up  St Marks Church, Brickhill
13.03.2017 10am-12 Castle Rotary   Community Clean Up  Oasis Beach Pool Entrance
18.03.2017 10am-12 Great Barford  Community Clean Up  Village Hall, Great Barford
18.03.2017 10am-12 Colmworth  Community Clean Up  St Denys Church
18.03.2017 3pm to 5pm Staploe, Duloe & Honeydon  Community Clean Up  Duloe Village Hall
20.03.2017 Various Beavers Wootton (Scout Hut)  Scout Clean Up Scouts Group Only
25.03.2017 10:30am-12 Swineshead  Community Clean Up  Swineshead Village Hall
25.03.2017 10am-12 Pertenhall  Community Clean Up  Pertenhall Village Hall
01.04.2017 10am-12 Shortstown  Community Clean Up  TBC
22.04.2017 10am-12 Richbell Court  Community Clean Up  Tavistock Court
29.04.2017 10am-12 The River Great Ouse  Rivercare Event The Slipe, Queens Park
07.05.2017 12-2pm Kempston  Community Clean Up  New Life Church, Bedford Rd
05.06.2017 various Avon Drive Guides  Guides Clean Up Girl Guides Only
29.10.2017 12-2pm Kempston  Community Clean Up  Gurdwar on Bedford Road


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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