We value our volunteers. People volunteer in a number of roles, most notably as Grants Panel Members and Development Committee Members. These roles require certain attributes and our volunteers are given a full induction and any relevant training in order to fulfil them.


Grants Panels Volunteers

As a Panel member, you will be responsible for deciding who recieves grants from the many applicants that apply each year.  Grant Panel members should be able to;

  • Contribute your local knowledge and specialist skills to the Committee/Panel to help identify local needs, and award grants to the projects meeting those needs most effectively
  • Keep up-to-date with the Community Foundation’s fund criteria and procedures
  • Help with signposting groups to the Community Foundation’s grant programmes
  • Attend as many of the meetings a year as possible
  • Keep Grants Staff informed about any item of news or information that comes your way that you think could help keep them up-to-date with local issues


Personal Specification

Essential criteria

  • A keen and active interest in ensuring that well-run projects reaching the people in most need in our community get the funding they deserve
  • An understanding of some of the issues facing excluded people in our community, and a willingness to learn more
  • Ability to use your judgement and knowledge to make objective and impartial assessments
  • Ability to take an active and supportive part in discussion and decision making


  • A specialist skill or area of knowledge
  • Participation in networks in your local area
  • Experience of the voluntary sector as a service user, volunteer, Trustee or paid worker

For more information about volunteering please contact Jane Butler