About the Together We Can Scheme

Together We Can is an initiative led by BCP Council, working in close partnership with Community Action Network (CAN) alongside many other public, private, and voluntary sector organisations, coming together to provide support for people that need it locally.

CAN recruits, trains, and supports volunteers to carry out practical tasks such as collecting and delivering essential supplies e.g. shopping, food parcels or prescriptions.

In addition, we may ask for your help in offering neighbourly support and keeping in touch with isolated people in our Bournemouth, Christchurch, and Poole communities to help them feel less lonely and enable them to get through the coronavirus crisis and beyond. You can choose to accept the volunteering opportunity or not – it’s up to you.

Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole are currently in a Tier 2 area. Volunteers can undertake these tasks as they are within the government guidelines according to the GOV.UK website.  

How to get involved

First, take a look at the volunteer role description to find out what being a TWVC volunteer involves.

Then if you would like to go ahead and register with us, please complete the short online registration form. Once we receive your details, we will send you a welcome pack including a volunteer agreement. This needs to be signed electronically and returned to us before we can share your details with BCP Council, to begin the matching process.

Please note, not everybody that signs up to help gets matched to someone who needs support. This very much depends on the need as it arises and the availability of volunteers within any given area. Please be patient and do contact us if you have any questions about this.

What support will I receive as a TWC Volunteer?

  • Dedicated telephone helpline and email support on all matters relating to volunteering
  • Invitation to our Connect and Support sessions, which will include information on keeping yourself and the person you are supporting safe, mental health and other sessions to help you in your volunteering
  • Fortnightly email update including the latest news and activities and services that may be of interest to the person you are supporting

Keeping yourself and others safe

What is Safeguarding?

This short video tells you more about what safeguarding means, what your responsibilities are and what you should do if you have concerns about someone you are helping. 

We've put together a guide with advice to help anyone who wishes to volunteer to do so safely, please take the time to read it before committing to any volunteering. You can download it here and a copy will also be emailed to you when you sign up to the mailing list.

We have a Volunteer Advice Line, which offers you friendly professional advice and support, alongside a listening ear based on our extensive knowledge and experience of volunteering. Call us any time between 10am and 3pm on 01202 099470 Monday – Friday. Or drop us an email to [email protected] – we’ll respond within two working days.

What other volunteering opportunities are available?

Once you have registered as a TWC volunteer, we will send you fortnightly email updates including the latest news and information around other volunteering opportunities that are available within the local community that you may like to get involved in. You can also access our online volunteering portal and find out what’s on offer locally and right across Dorset. For more information, please visit our volunteering opportunities page.

Contact us about Together We Can

For further information or if you have any questions about the Together We Can scheme, please contact us: Tel: 01202 099470 Email: [email protected] or visit BCP Council website by clicking here.

Thank you for your support and your willingness to help. We will get through this by working together.