Without volunteers we wouldn’t be able to make such a difference to the lives of our members and be so involved in our local community. From supporting members, helping with the practical operation of the Café, both front of house and in the kitchen, through to providing administrative support,  supporting crafts sessions, helping at events and with fundraising. The time and energy given from volunteers to Outside the Box is exceptional.


"I really enjoy coming to the cafe, it gives me the chance to interact with lots of different people"

Our volunteers include retired people, professionals, unemployed and self-employed people, parents, students, young people and parents/carers of adults and young people with a learning disability. You can volunteer as often and for as long as you wish. Volunteering with us is not a one-way street. We provide regular volunteer training, networking and the opportunity to have a say about how Outside the Box works.

Volunteer Opportunities 

Cafe Volunteers 

We are always looking to welcome new volunteers. Working the cafe is a great opportunity to work alongside our members, gain some experience in the catering industry and meet people within the local community.  Whether you can commit to the full session or even just a couple of hours, either weekly or fortnightly then we would love to hear from you!  


We have various slots available throughout the week!! We are open 7 days a week 9 till 4pm. We work with our volunteers to find a time that suits them. 


"It is nice to feel part of the community"


Volunteer Buddies needed
We are looking for some volunteers who would be interested in buddying up with a member on a specific day and time during the week to offer specific support to that member in a hands-on way within the café.  OTB Buddies will help provide extra resources for our dedicated staff. We will look to match you to someone that may share the same interests as you, have things in common, or know you already as a volunteer, we will also look to match days and times that work with you.

We have the following slots available, please get in touch if you would be interested and we can look to see if we have a suitable match for you!


Monday –  1-5pm // Wednesday – 1-4pm // Thursday – 9-1pm // Friday – 9-1pm // Sunday – 1-4pm


"I get the opportunity to help members and see them progress and become more independent"

Volunteer Job Coach

We are also looking to recruit some volunteer job coach mentors to support our OTB Works Project.

The Job coach volunteer will work with a member on a one to one basis, on a mentor/mentee basis providing ongoing support to a member within a work environment.


Flexible hours


"Volunteering at OTB has given me the chance to meet lots of new people. It is a lovely environment and has a great atmosphere"  



If you are interested in joining the Outside the Box Team as a volunteer, please get in touch


Tel: 01943 431173 or Email: volunteersotbcafe@gmail.com for an application form.