Volunteering can really make a positive difference in your life as well as helping other people in your community.
There are hundreds of different kinds of voluntary work, so it’s worth exploring what opportunities might suit you.
Volunteering has been shown to bring lots of benefits to those who take part, and these are especially valuable if you are not in paid work at the moment. These include:
What do volunteers do?
As a volunteer you could be involved in all kinds of activities, like collecting and sorting donations, preparing food or drinks, litter-picking, planting, making things, helping with sports events or simply chatting with people who may be feeling lonely.
In some roles you might bring specialist skills to help a community or voluntary organisation, such as skills in arts and crafts, or repairs and maintenance, or helping with the accounts and funding bids. Everyone has something to offer.