As a fraternal society, members supporting other members and taking an active role in everything we do is all part of being an Oddfellow. Some call this volunteering; we call this being part of a friendlier society.  

Giving up time to help fellow members enjoy the brighter side of life, as well as extending a friendly, supportive hand to others during difficult times are just some of the ways our volunteer members make the difference within our not-for-profit Society. In fact, they really are the difference.

There are many ways to volunteer with us, which can work around your availability and interests. Whether you’ve an hour a week to spare, or a day or two each year – we’d love to hear from you.

Types of volunteering work

Many of our Branches have volunteering opportunities for members, which includes the following areas of support:

  • Arranging or helping to host local social events or fundraising activities
  • Making care and welfare visits or calls to members who may be lonely, unwell or going through a difficult time
  • Promoting the activities of the local Branch through flyers, newsletters, PR and social media
  • General administrative support

The activities and business of local Branches are also coordinated and delivered by a number of elected volunteer member roles, such as our Branch Chairman, Branch Deputy Chairman, Branch Trustees and Branch Committee members. There are also opportunities on local and national committees. If this sounds of interest, then visit our pages on Society involvement.

What can you get out of volunteering?

We’re a very social bunch of people who like to get things done and help each other where we can along the way. Through volunteering, you can:

  • Expand your social circles as you meet new people and make new friends
  • Feel reward in sharing skills that directly help to make a difference to people’s lives and your local community
  • Develop new talents or areas of expertise which can support your CV and wider career progression
  • Work collaboratively with a team of people dedicated to achieve

Find out more

To explore and discuss volunteering opportunities at your local Branch, please contact your Branch Secretary. You can find their details by using our Branch Finder. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer Branch Welfare Visitor, you can find out more about the position on our jobs and volunteering page.

Please note that our volunteer roles are only open to Oddfellows members.

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