There are many ways you can go about looking for voluntary work and the methods you adopt will often depend on the type of work you want to do and where you want to do it. Here is list of ways in which you can find voluntary work opportunities although it’s by no means exhaustive and you might also choose to integrate your own strategies as you find out more information through doing your own research.
You may have already decided that the kind of voluntary work you want to undertake can be found almost on your doorstep. It might be a school, local medical facility, a dog’s home, a community centre etc. In this instance, you should either telephone the organisation to find out more or why not even pay them a visit? Alternatively, you may already belong to a local network of friends, work colleagues, neighbours or even family members who may be able to help you find a volunteering opportunity.
There are several internet databases of UK volunteering opportunities. These are useful for searching opportunities by postcode, type of work and type of organisation so you can do a local search or even one many miles away.
The Guardian newspaper tends to devote a section to volunteering opportunities each Wednesday and you may want to check out your local TV and radio stations too who will often set aside some time each week to focus on volunteering opportunities within your region.
Ask your local library if they have a notice board that features voluntary opportunities in your area or be even more pro-active and ask them if you can put up a notice yourself offering your services. This can be especially useful if the kind of unpaid work you’re looking to do doesn’t fit into any strictly defined category.
You’d be surprised just how many visitors to libraries will find time to spare a few minutes to make sure they look at their parish notice board. The library should also probably keep a copy of ‘The Voluntary Agencies Directory’, which is a useful resource if you know the type of work you wish to do.
Older Voluntary Workers
A positive aspect about the world of voluntary work is that, unlike the jobs market, it tends to be non-discriminatory towards older people and, moreover, it highly values the skills and qualities that a more senior person is often able to provide as well as gaining a lot from their experience and maturity. Therefore, if you fall into that category, don’t be put off applying for any type of voluntary work with any organisation just because of your age.
That said, if you feel more comfortable working alongside people of a similar age, the organisation RSVP (Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme) might feel more comfortable to you.
The number of resources for general voluntary work and more specifically targeted types of voluntary work, for example working with animals, working with the elderly, working in hospitals etc., are almost unlimited on the internet and it’s simply a case of putting the research time in. ‘Volunteering England’ and also the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) are useful places to start and, of course, Scotland, Ireland and Wales have similar organisations of their own.
The simple fact is, however, that if you are committed and passionate about a particular charity or cause, if you do your research and have the right qualities, it won’t be long before you, too, are reaping the benefits of working as a volunteer and you’ll often find that what you get out of the experience is worth far more than the time and effort you’ll put in.
Hi my name is Elle , I live in Co Durham,
I would like to volunteer to work with the elderly either in their homes or at lunches , hospital appointments etc, I could work s few hours every tuesday.
Elle - 14-Aug-18 @ 6:40 PM
Hi i am looking to do some voluntary work to gain experience as id like to become a midwife i am at college currently studying a pre access to health and social care.
I have a NVQ L3 in childcare and education and have worked with children aged 0-5years qith 15 years experience but was wondering how to gain some voluntry work in a simialar field (midwifery) supporting mums and new babies ie breast feeding clinics, baby cuddles, or anything really.
I have tried the local hospitals with no luck so far.
Does anyone know who i could contact??
Channy - 13-Mar-17 @ 7:32 PM
Hello! My name is Moldir. I want to become a volunteer and work with elderly people. I can work every Saturday. My location is Westminster, Medway street.
Molya - 1-Dec-16 @ 10:39 PM
I am looking for somewhere to volunteer on Christmas Day and possibly other days during the Christmas and New Year holidays in the Halifax/Rochdale. Any suggestions?
Jan - 18-Nov-16 @ 10:01 PM
Carla - Your Question:
Hi There ,I am a single mother of a lively 15 year old girl called Mia who is just starting her Duke of Edinburgh. We would very much so like to volunteer in an organisation near THE Stourbridge area. I was thinking Help the Homeless. Would you have any advise for us please. I was also thinking of trying to help out in the Kitchens at running up to Christmas time if there was any opportunity for us to give time.Thankyou very muchCarla lilley
Hi There ,
I am a single mother of a lively 15 year old girl called Mia who is just starting her Duke of Edinburgh. We would very much so like to volunteer in an organisation near THE Stourbridge area. I was thinking Help the Homeless. Would youhave any advise for us please. I was also thinking of trying to help out in the Kitchens at running up to Christmas time if there was any opportunityfor us to give time .Thankyou very much
Carla - 2-Nov-16 @ 8:38 AM
Due to change of situation, being a Lawyer I offer my volunteer services for a Law firm which need volunteer or any office in Bradford West Yorkshire. At present I am doing nothing. By doing voluntary work being a part of community eventually, it will sustain my skill and ability.
raza - 5-Feb-16 @ 8:11 PM
Joe - Your Question:
Hello, my names Joe Jackson and I am looking to do some volunteer work to help younger kids to stop them offending and getting in to trouble. When younger I was involved in silly crimes and even nearly went to prison just by making the wrong choices and mixing with the wrong crowd. I would like to tell kids my story and put turn them in the opposite direction of going down that wrong path in life.
Hi Joe, you haven't told us where you live so we can't give you any specific ideas but you'll find that your local council will have details of volunteer work in your area. You could also try the CVS and your local youth offending teams to see if they will accept volunteers.
VoluntaryWorker - 9-Oct-15 @ 10:33 AM
Hello, my names Joe Jackson and i am looking to do some volunteer work to help younger kids to stop them offending and getting in to trouble. When younger i was involved in silly crimes and even nearly went to prison just by making the wrong choices and mixing with the wrong crowd. I would like to tell kids my story and put turn them in the opposite direction of going down that wrong path in life.
Joe - 8-Oct-15 @ 2:00 PM
I would like to do voluntray for the homeless in manchester i work most mornings up intil 12
can anyone help me find out where i can go to help
cc - 1-Oct-15 @ 12:34 PM
hello, I'm looking to do some volunteer work maybe after or before my shift work in and around Radcliffe and bury.manchester.ive tried looking for soup kitchens ect but don't think looking in right places.can anyone help.thx