I want to volunteer

Volunteering can make a real difference to your own life and the lives of those around you. There are loads of ways to get involved and plenty of organisations that can help you find your dream role.

So how do you go about finding the right volunteering role for you? Here are three steps to follow:

  1. Think about what interests or excites you.
  2. This could be something you enjoyed doing before, or something completely new.
  3. Think about what time or skills you can give.
  4. With so many opportunities to choose from, it's a great idea to narrow down the choices by deciding what you're willing to give.
  5. Get researching!
  6. NCVO doesn't hold a list of roles, there are simply too many. But you can:
  • go to your local volunteer centre
  • search the internet
  • ask friends what they do
  • or check out one of the online opportunity finders below.

Contact your local Volunteer Centre

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Volunteer Centres are local organisations that provide support to volunteers and the organisations that involve them. If you want to find an opportunity in your local area, this can be an ideal place to start. Use the link below to locate your nearest centre.

Find your local Volunteer Centre

Search the 'Do-it.org' volunteering database

Do it logoEvery 45 seconds someone in the UK finds a volunteering opportunity thanks to Do-it.org. Do-it.org is the national database of volunteering opportunities. Search more than 1 million volunteering opportunities by interest, activity or location and apply online.

Visit Do-it.org

Search for voluntary work on CharityJob

CharityJobb logoCharityJob is the UK’s busiest site for charity jobs and volunteering opportunities. They regularly have more than 1,000 voluntary, internship and trustee positions available across 27 job categories. If you’re looking to volunteer in the UK or for opportunities abroad then CharityJob might just have the perfect role for you.

Visit CharityJob

Volunteering matters

Volunteering matters logoVolunteering Matters believe that everyone can play a role in their community and should have the chance to participate: they build volunteering projects and programmes to reflect this. Their volunteer programmes help to improve health and wellbeing; build stronger, more inclusive communities; and achieve lasting results. Their projects are designed to suit you whether you’re looking for part-time volunteering, full-time volunteering or event corporate volunteering.

Visit Volunteering matters

Reach volunteering

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Join the Reach community to use your skills.

Reach is the leading skills-based volunteering charity in the UK and the single biggest source of trustees for the voluntary sector in the UK. Reach has hundreds of opportunities for volunteers to use their professional skills to help charities. Using the website, you can search for opportunities, make contact and ask questions, as well as create a profile so charities can contact you.

Visit Reach volunteering

Consider becoming a charity trustee

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You can volunteer your time, skills and professional expertise by becoming the trustee of a charity. It is a serious but rewarding undertaking. As a trustee, you would oversee everything a charity does, setting its strategy and having overall responsibility for the charity’s work and its finances.

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