Community volunteering is His Majesty King Charles III’s legacy wish for his Coronation happening in May, and there are lots of ways to get involved in the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead.
The Big Help Out portal has been set up nationally as a platform where organisations can request more volunteers. There are already opportunities posted in the Royal Borough including with Thames Hospice, Age UK, St John Ambulance, and the Ramblers Association.
Another way of finding out what volunteering opportunities are available is with the Royal Borough’s free volunteering and matching service. If residents are interested in becoming a volunteer but not sure what to do, there is a short application process before deciding where their skills could be useful.
There are already many volunteers in the Royal Borough. Residents may like to join the dedicated group of 150 volunteers who support the library service, with another 20 assisting at the Windsor & Royal Borough Museum, based at the Windsor Guildhall.
A group of volunteer ambassadors, recognisable by their red coats, volunteer to assist with the smooth running of high-profile events such as the 2012 London Olympics, royal weddings, and state occasions in Windsor. They are joined by 25 Ceremonial Wardens who assist with keeping the public safe and informed at special royal occasions.
Community Information Champions area also volunteering in the Royal Borough. They myth-bust and disseminate crucial information among their own communities big or small. Residents can help others access additional help or information by becoming a Community Information Champion and those interested should email for more information.
The Mayor, Councillor Christine Bateson, said: “Volunteering is a great way to learn new skills, give back to your community, and make a real difference to the people around you.
“Thank you to all the dedicated volunteers who contribute so much to our communities.
“The Big Help Out has been launched to celebrate the beginning of His Majesty King Charles III’s reign, and what better way to honour this new era by getting involved in your local community and making a difference.
“Volunteering takes many forms including organised formal volunteering sessions with large organisations or running children’s sports teams at the weekends.
“However, volunteering can be so much simpler. You can be a good neighbour by getting to know someone in your neighbourhood, looking out for a vulnerable neighbour, or lending a helping hand.
“How about knocking on a neighbour’s door and inviting them to spend time with their immediate community at a street party in honour of the Coronation – what a great start that would be.”
If you want to find out more or need help deciding how to get involved in volunteering, email firstname.lastname@example.org.