" Helping you to help yourself. "
Who Are WCV
WCV is a Weymouth, Dorset based registered charity who support and enable people with multiple and/or complex needs to become active members of their local community. We achieve this through improving access to opportunities in Volunteering, Education and by offering Training that improves Employment prospects.
Our vision is to create a community where disadvantaged people are valued, included and have the opportunity to achieve a good quality of life and well being. To break down barriers and raise awareness of difficulties faced and overcome by people very often furthest removed from the labour market.
Meet the Team
Sue Follan (Manager)
Kate Stone (Deputy Manager)
Mark (Ace of Spades)
Thomas (I.T. Tutor)
Aspects of Our Work
If you have been out of the workplace or not been able to work before, we understand how hard it can be to even imagine that you can get a job and keep it. There are also ways to work and keep some or all of your benefits. You CAN reach your goal!
We can support you to access any training you feel you may need. We offer computer training on a one to one basis that enables you to progress at your own pace. We also have strong links with the local college to help you take the first step.
We arrange placements that are local and try to match your interests with the opportunities we have available. We also attend many local community events where volunteers are required in a variety of areas. Make friends,have fun, and get the feel good factor!
Year Round Opportunities at WCV
Low cost garden projects for the elderly.
Furniture Restoration and Drivers Mates
Assisting WCV's furniture reuse project.
Drivers (Own Vehicle)
We need drivers for WCV's Community Transport Scheme.
Retail Shop Assistants
Customer service and shop replenishing.
Event Stewards and Marshals
Providing support to community events.
Painters and Decorators
Small projects for the elderly and community halls.
General computer usage and telephone call handling.
Web Development / Social Media
Building, development and maintaining of WCV's website projects.
Retail Outlets – Reuse Furniture
As part of our efforts to train service users in both furniture repair/restoration and customer service skills, whilst at the same time raise funds in an attempt to become self financing, we have opened a low cost, short term retail outlet.
17a Cambridge Road , Granby Weymouth, where we also have larger items, Mon - Fri 10.00am-2.00pm, Not Open on Sat - Sun.
For all Shop Enquiries tel: 01305 830255
We accept donations of furniture that are either in a re-saleable condition or that are in need of a little repair.
Suites and mattresses (must have fire labels on)
Tables & Chairs
Chest of Drawers
White Goods (working only)
We do not accept:
We arrange collection of donated items normally on a Tuesday or Thursday afternoon. We may be able to offer collection on an alternative day if our van is available. Please ring to ask.
Deliveries of items purchased are made on a Tuesday and Thursday morning for which a small charge is made i.e. £10 if within Weymouth, £15 if in Dorchester area and Portland. We will travel further but the delivery charge will be adjusted accordingly.
Our Furniture Shops
Weymouth Community Transport Scheme (WCT)
Weymouth Community Transport - Weymouth Community Volunteers Transport Scheme
This service enables people of 55 years of age and over, to access transport to take them to any health related appointments. We can also take you to visit your spouse/partner in hospital or nursing homes. You must live south of The Ridgeway to use our scheme. All our drivers are DBS checked and carry photo identity badges. Vehicle documents are regularly checked.
How it works:
We charge an annual membership fee of £5.00 per household. At first contact, we will send you a registration form so that we have your accurate details. When you register, we will give you a membership number for you to quote when you ring to book a car.
We ask for a donation for your journey, this is to cover the drivers expenses and help towards paying the costs of running the scheme.
The driver will wait upto 2 hours for hospital appointments and 1 hour for any other health appointments before returning you to your home. Over these times will incur an extra waiting charge.
Please advise us if you know your approximate waiting time.
The scheme runs 7 days per week, dependent on driver availability.
Once your booking is confirmed we will notify you of your drivers name, collection time and suggested donation for the journey.
Our phone line is manned between: 10 am and 2 pm Monday to Thursday plus 10 am and 12.30 pm on Friday.
Ring: 01305 783999
Supported By HM Treasury
Gardening Projects for the elderly and Community Groups
We provide low cost gardening projects for the elderly. Cutting Grass, Pruning, Cutting Back and general tidying of gardens.
Events and Projects
To promote inclusion, reduce isolation and raise self confidence WCV attend many local events as stewards/marshals and undertake projects that benefit the wider community.
As an example we have renovated local community halls, created a low maintenance garden for elderly residents, and have supplied support to Dorset Police to help with graffiti removal in the local town.
Quote from Former-Mayor, Cllr Kate Wheller:-
"In my own village WCV supplied the skills and manpower to refurbish own hall which we would have been unable to do without them. The hall is now used daily by local community groups. Weymouth would be a poorer place without the help of WCV."
If you would like to volunteer for events/projects please call on Tel: 01305 830255
ITC Computer Training
General Computer Skills
Project Based Learning
Design with Microsoft Publisher
Open Source, Graphic Design
Back End Web Development with PHP & Laravel
Ionic 3 App Development
We encourage you to learn new skills and pass them on.
Supported employment is a very personalised approach to matching the right person to the right job. Employers are seen as key customers for supported employment services. After all, without employers there would be no jobs. Our aim is to successfully place someone into sustainable work. That involves close working with the jobseeker and the employer.
If YOU have been out of the workplace or not been able to work before, we understand how hard it can be to even imagine that you can get a job and keep it. There are ways to work and keep some or all of your benefits.
We can arrange a Better Off In Work interview.
We can accompany/support you at appointments.
We can help you prepare an up to date CV.
We can help you access education or training.
We can help you with job search/applications.
We can support you in the workplace .
"I have found employment through the support offered at WCV"
For more Details
Ring 01305 830255 or email email@example.com
IF YOU ARE AN EMPLOYER AND COULD OFFER A JOB WITH SOME SUPPORT TO A POTENTIAL EMPLOYEE PLEASE GET IN TOUCH AND WE WILL BE HAPPY TO DISCUSS YOUR NEEDS FURTHER
Why not give us a call and take the first step towards achieving your goal. If you would rather meet in the community, for a coffee and a chat, just give us a ring or fill in the contact us page message board and we will contact you.
"I have started part time work, my employer has been a great support and very understanding of my needs"....JH
"I really didn't think I would work again - but I am!"...KR
Speak to us or your care coordinator, they can refer you to us for help, and let's get the ball rolling.
A Volunteers Perspective
I came to Weymouth in March, 2008 just starting to get over, and through a 15 year addiction of alcohol and various illicit substances. On top of this I was still coming to terms, and trying to accept my 75% sight loss from a head injury. I was a broken man and wanted to make positive changes to my life.
About a month after coming to Weymouth it was suggested I visit WCV as they help people, with similar backgrounds to mine to develop good structure in their lives through volunteering. I found WCV to be very friendly and welcoming. Over the last 4 years I have volunteered many times and on numerous occasions I have gone in to schools and Weymouth College to give my 'first hand' account of the depths, of substances used but also the detrimental lifestyle that goes with it.
I have now been offered a paid position with the Prison Service and I am currently undertaking induction training.
I am so very grateful for all the help and guidance given to me by all the staff at Weymouth Community Volunteers. My life is back on track and the future is looking bright.
WCV are a registered charity, based in Weymouth, Dorset. We offer a Specialist Individual Placement & Support Service, Voluntary Placements and work experience opportunities.
We have been established for fifteen years and have built up good local networks of supportive agencies and local businesses. We are members of the Local Inclusion Steering Group, the Weymouth & Portland Partnership, and have Agreements with Dorset Probation Trust and Job Centre Plus.
Sponsors are desperately sought to enable us to continue and possibly expand our work.
If you would kindly consider sponsoring an element of our work, or would consider donating towards the core running cost of our service please contact - firstname.lastname@example.org or ring 01305 830255 to see how we can work together for the benefit of our local community and its most disadvantaged members.
We provide the following in-house opportunities;
hedge cutting, mowing, tree cutting, weeding/pruning
for elderly residents
Driving (own car, mileage paid for)
Customer Service/Arranging Deliveries
Help to build a current CV
We are located on the Granby Industrial Estate and have a small retail unit in Chapelhay. For any info please contact number below.
Telephone: 01305 830255
If you have an enquiry you can contact us using the details below:
Weymouth Community Volunteers
17a Cambridge Road
Telephone: 01305 830255
Fax: 01305 774879
GDPR Policy Statement 2018
GDPR Policy Statement 2018
WCV consider personal privacy as a top priority. We are committed to always being a good steward of personal information provided to us. WCV handle and secure information with robust administration, technical and physical safeguards.
WCV follows three guiding principles when it comes to personal data:
- Transparency: WCV aim to be transparent about what personal information we collect and why;
- Simplicity: WCV strive to use easy to understand language to enable informed choices;
- Control: WCV give the individual control over their personal information, how it is used, shared, retained and destroyed.
WCV do not sell on any personal data to third parties. WCV do not undertake email marketing or fundraising. All personal data held is for monitoring and evaluation purposes only. This ensures our services are meeting identified needs, provides numeric evidence for funding applications and for health and safety purposes.
Recent Funders who Support WCV
The Bridging Fund
Sir Jules Thorn Trust
The Morrisons Foundation
The Lynn Foundation
The Weymouth & Portland Mayors Christmas Fund
The Valentine Charitable Trust
The Big Lottery Fund
Royal British Legion
Garfield Weston Foundation
Dorset Community Foundation
Alice Ellen Cooper Dean Foundation