Gain valuable experience by helping the community

Volunteers are at the heart of our organisation and have been a vital element since Nova was established in 1983. We have a strong tradition of encouraging learners and users to develop themselves as volunteers within Nova and progress to further education and paid employment.

Volunteers are involved in all areas of Nova:

  • Reception: taking calls and messages, meeting and greeting learners and visitors
  • Administration: filing, using the database and creating documents
  • Numeracy, Literacy, ESOL and ICT classes: supporting learners and tutors in classes
  • Information, Advice and Guidance: working with clients in workshops and supporting individuals

Volunteering can help you:

  • Be productive and learn new skills
  • Increase confidence
  • Meet new people
  • Gain experience for your CV
  • Help the community
  • Develop career opportunities


More than half of our paid staff are ...

More than half of our paid staff are former volunteers and 75% of our volunteers are former learners.

Over 50% of our volunteers from 2009/2010 are now in employment, so we have an excellent track record of engaging people as learners and moving them on to voluntary and then paid positions.

Want to volunteer?

Why don’t you drop us a line explaining your field of expertise, skills and preferred field of occupation at