What does volunteering involve?

A group of volunteers picking up litterIt's using your free time to help other people, your community or the environment

... you don't get paid but you will:

  • be helping your local community
  • meet new people - helping some of them
  • get some useful work experience
  • increase your confidence
  • feel good about helping other people
  • give you something to put on a CV or in an application form and talk about at interview.

All kinds of people feel better about themselves after volunteering.

Guess the percentage of young people involved in volunteering

There is always something you can do to help others, listening to someone or making them a cup of tea can be enough. There is a volunteer job for everyone and if you need some help to volunteer, that's available too.

You can choose from a range of volunteering jobs that use your existing skills and/or help you develop new skills. The amount of time you volunteer is up to you - during the week, at weekends, during the day or in the evenings.

You'll be provided with the tools or equipment needed to do your volunteering. And other than getting there, it shouldn't cost you anything - some charities have funding for getting there too. To work with children and some adults you may need to be DBS checked to make sure you are ok to volunteer.

Why not contact one of the following to find out more:

Need extra support to volunteer?


Volunteering option after Year 11

Check out our video on volunteering and studying part-time after Year 11 or read about all your options (49kb PDF).



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Page updated July 2020

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