Volunteering is simple. It’s about giving your time to do something useful, without getting paid (apart from expenses).

In return you get the satisfaction of time and effort well spent. In addition, volunteering can be a great way to meet new people, learn new skills and gain useful experience. It should also be fun!

The range of opportunities is huge. Whatever skills and experience you have, there is something that you can do.

The biggest problem for many people is finding the time to volunteer. It can reduce your choices if you don’t have much time to spare, but many busy people do find suitable opportunities. Again, have a look on the database and see what’s on offer.

There are no age-limits on volunteering, but there can sometimes be difficulties for people under-16 or over-65, mostly for insurance reasons. If you have any concerns, ask the organisation that you are applying to.

Once you start volunteering you should usually expect:

  • payment of out-of pocket expenses (eg travel)
  • a clear idea of what your role will be
  • appropriate training and support.

Some of the most common areas for volunteering are:

  • charity shops
  • independent family owned business
  • youth groups and organisations

If you aren’t clear about anything, don’t be afraid to ask a Connexions PA for more advice. Check out the links below for more information on volunteering and to search for suitable volunteering options.

Dudley CVS DO IT Volunteering V Inspired Volunteering England