Preparing you for work

The EST team are experienced in helping people who, for a variety of reasons, have lost confidence, have low self-esteem or conditions that affect their physical or mental health. Our in-house team of mentors will work with you on a one-to-one basis to improve your confidence and wellbeing. We can also arrange for you to attend other relevant services in your area including mindfulness courses, counselling and life-coaching (a type of counselling that helps you see your life from a different perspective). With the right support in place you can make positive steps towards employment and often our clients tell us that the routine of work, along with social and financial rewards has improved their wellbeing and outlook on life.

For more information please call the EST team on 023 9259 5158 or email

Voluntary work

There are many reasons why people consider work experience and voluntary work.

It’s a fantastic opportunity to gain a reference and discover more about yourself and what you find enjoyable. It’s also a great way to ease yourself into a new routine.

As well as giving something back to the community, you’ll meet new friends and take away experiences and skills which will look great on your CV!

Experience and voluntary work are particularly beneficial for people looking to build confidence or manage health conditions and are great stepping stones for anyone looking for paid work. Employers look favourably on people who volunteer as it demonstrates qualities and skills that go a long way in the workplace.

Volunteers with parenting experience – Alton, Bordon & Liphook
Home-Start Weywater is a local independent charity looking for volunteers to offer friendship and support to parents with young children who are finding it difficult to cope with the stress and difficulties of everyday life. Volunteers require patience, understanding and commitment, together with parenting experience.

Volunteers (various skills) – Whitehill & Bordon
The Whitehill & Bordon Community Trust is an organisation that support active, healthy and social lifestyles and are looking for volunteers to help with administration, community projects, community gardening, events, fundraising and in our community cafe.

Volunteers with an interest in history and the arts – Petersfield
Memories brought Home are looking for volunteers with an interest in history, art & craft, photography and creative writing to assist with local heritage workshops, designed to help people feeling lonely or isolated.

Volunteering with the British Heart Foundation – Various locations
BHF Retail are now recruiting volunteers for various roles across the UK.  Our volunteers make a big difference in their local communities and will receive a full induction and further training in specific roles.

Support organisations

Do you enjoy making a difference too?

The Employment Support and Training team are always open to working with organisations and project partners with similar aims and objectives and believe that by combining ideas, resources and funding we can accomplish ambitious outcomes and make a real difference to the lives of people we are looking to help.

Employment, Support & Training links

How can we help?