Our volunteers help us to spread the word about high blood pressure.
They help us to encourage people to know their blood pressure numbers and offer support in living a long and healthy life. They do an incredible job, and we’d love to have you on board.
How you can lend a hand
Here are just some of the volunteering opportunities we have available.
- Hosting blood pressure testing events – health professionals who can take blood pressures are our heroes. Could you run an awareness-raising stand?
- Getting ready for Know Your Numbers! Week – the lead up to September’s event is always busy, especially getting resources posted out to all our supporters. Can you help out around the office?
- Helping to promote our work on social media – we love to let people know about what we do, can you help boost our online presence and track how well we’re doing?
- Scouring the press for stories about high blood pressure – whether hunting for coverage of our stories or keeping on top of the world of research, you can help us stay ahead of the game.
- Take a seat in our Patient Panel to help influence blood pressure care. We are setting up a Pressure Panel and if you or a loved one have been diagnosed with high blood pressure we would like to invite you to join in. You are an expert in your own experience, and sharing your perspectives with us can help guide our work influencing blood pressure care in the UK.
Gain valuable experience with an internship
We are looking for volunteers who are keen to gain experience of working in the voluntary sector. We have three-month internships available in fundraising, communications and information and working with the Chief Executive. While there is no salary, we will provide you with a travel and lunch allowance and a range of really useful work experience within the third sector.
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 020 7882 6255.
Other ways you can support us
Have another idea? If you have a special skill or another idea for how you can help, we’d love to hear from you. For any questions or ideas, email us on email@example.com or call us on 020 7882 6255.
Have a look at our Get Involved page for the many other ways you can support us.
Hear from our volunteers
As well as the wonderful feeling of giving something back, volunteering can help you too.
"Having finished university, I wanted to get some work experience so when the Volunteer Database Assistant opportunity came up at Blood Pressure UK I jumped at it.
I learned a lot about how charity databases work, about Gift Aid, administration and working on a website. I learned a few things about healthy eating along the way, with the bonus of helping a good cause in a friendly environment with staff who make you feel like one of the family.
I started off with four hours a week, but quickly realised that the more hours I did the more experience I would get. I increased my time to two days a week and was given progressively bigger projects and tasks to do. It was well worth it because I used what I had learned in my job interviews and, thanks to the work experience, got the job I have today.
The best advice I could give to a potential volunteer is to keep in mind that the time and effort you give can go a long way."
“Volunteering was equally a way of me giving something back and of gaining work experience. I had reviewed hypertension as my final year university project and found the information Blood Pressure UK provided very useful. Having a family history of high blood pressure meant I also had a personal interest, and it was amazing to see the change this charity makes to people’s lives.
As a Voluntary Communication Administrative Assistant, my work was varied and included collating press cuttings and photos, inputting data, conducting basic research and preparing, analysing and interpreting data needed for an annual evaluation report. And I gained further teamwork, communication and organisational skills too.
The role was rewarding because I learned more about hypertension and the impact of lifestyle, and I am more confident that I can help others.
The nine months I spent with Blood Pressure UK were a great experience and I worked with some fantastic people. There was always a friendly working environment that I thrived on and all the staff quickly made me feel comfortable and part of the team. The experience and skills I gained are transferable and as a result, a useful way of helping me stand out from other applicants in future employment opportunities. It’s something I will do again and I will recommend it to all."