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Voluntary work: Volunteering opportunities

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Where and how you look for volunteering opportunities can depend on why you’re looking. Here are some tips and resources to help you find the opportunities best for you and your career. You’ll stand a better chance of securing one that suits your needs if you also use a variety of methods.

Look for advertised opportunities

There are many sites and organisation that promote volunteering vacancies, including our own OpportunityHub. Some of these sites and organisations will offer a broad range of roles and some will focus on a particular sector or location.

If you’re short of time or if travel is a constraint, there are organisations that advertise roles that can be carried out at home.

These are just a few examples for you to try. Don’t forget you can also try volunteer centres in your local area or even the National Trust.

Network to find opportunities and apply speculatively

Like some job roles, not all volunteering roles are advertised. Ask family, friends, colleagues and other acquaintances. Use you networking skills both face-to-face and online to build your contacts. It can also be useful to contact organisations directly to offer your services. Charity Choice provides ideas for organisations to approach across the UK.

Create your own opportunity

If you can’t find the opportunity you’re looking for in the right location consider creating the experience for yourself. For example if you’re interested in helping others and there is a need in your community, could you set up a support group?

Other useful links

  • Reach - Matches the skills and professional experience of people of all ages to the needs of voluntary organisations.
  • Timebank - Offers a range of diverse volunteer projects – from business professionals mentoring young people leaving care, to supporting ‘hidden carers’.
  • StepTogether - Provides a searchable database of voluntary opportunities worldwide.

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