Get volunteering

Check out our directory of useful resources and further information to get you started.


1. General information and opportunities

Do-it, volunteering made easy – lists volunteering opportunities by sector and area.

vInspired connects young people with volunteering opportunities.

Volunteering England – this charity has lots of useful information about volunteering such as thinking about volunteering, finding volunteering opportunities, and problem solving for volunteers.

CSV, Community Service Volunteers – lists opportunities near you, as well as quick and easy volunteering opportunities if you’d like to volunteer but only have a small amount of time available.

Timebank –  projects are designed to tackle social issues, focusing on mentoring and youth-led volunteering. You can also search their database for volunteering opportunities near you.

The Guardian lists volunteering jobs.

The government website GOV.UK (the replacement for directgov) has a section on volunteering which includes information about your rights as a volunteer and volunteering while getting benefits.


2. Volunteering for a particular organisation or charity

Many charities and other organisations list information about volunteering on their websites. Examples include:

The National Trust – volunteer in historic houses, gardens and the great outdoors.

The Conservation Volunteers – help hundreds of thousands of people each year to reclaim local green places.

Crisis – the national charity for single homeless people.  Volunteers help deliver services, campaign, fundraise and provide administrative and IT support.

British Red Cross – volunteer in emergency response and first aid, to charity shops and fundraising.

The RSPB – Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.  From bird identifiers to graphic designers, the RSPB has volunteers with a variety of skills.

The RSPCA – Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals.  Wide range of roles available across their branches and animal and wildlife centres.

The Samaritans – confidential emotional support service.  Listening Volunteers support people who get in touch by phone, email, letter and in person; Support Volunteers help run branches using admin, fundraising and IT skills.

Cancer Research UK – event volunteering, community volunteering and charity shop volunteering.

Age UK – improving later life.  Volunteer in a shop, get involved with your local community, help out at the London office, or join a committee.


3. Volunteering as part of a wider award or programme

The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award includes volunteering. See their website for more information on the award and for volunteering in general.

The National Citizen Service offers activities for 16 and 17 years olds which include volunteering.


4. Volunteering abroad

VSO provides volunteering placements overseas, mainly in developing countries.

BUNAC offers ethical, low-cost volunteering abroad programmes across Africa, Asia and the Americas.


More on volunteering

How about doing some volunteering?

Volunteering works

Developing your skills through volunteering

The guide to choosing a volunteer placement

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