We already have some great volunteering opportunities outlined within our Community Volunteering pages, but we also recognise these may not be suited to your location or the skills you’d like to offer. This page is designed to help you find the volunteer opportunity which suits you best if you decide DASH, NewstrAid or Stickability aren’t for you.
- Firstly, think about the charities you’ve supported in the past, or are close to your heart. Most charities – local and national – welcome volunteers with open arms and list their current opportunities on their website. These are usually listed under “How You Can Help” or “Volunteering” – click on their link and take it from there.
- If your favourite charity doesn’t have the right opportunity for you, then the Do-It website is worth a look. It’s designed to match volunteers with organisations seeking help. You can search by postcode and the kind of interests and activities you’re interested in. The advanced search also allows you to limit your search to a certain distance from home and/or your availability. As well as the usual kind of help needed, all kinds of unusual activities and organisations can be found in this way – and all of them will be glad of your help.
- Another possibility is for you to lend a hand in your community in some way, such as at a local school, sports club, community garden, or care home. Your local library or community hub should have a list of local organisations for you to peruse. Don’t forget your neighbours – for instance does an elderly neighbour need their much-loved pet taking for a walk from time to time?
- Looking for a one-off rather than a regular opportunity? That’s no problem. Many charities have events which require volunteer stewards or marshals. There’s even opportunities to volunteer at sold-out events such as Glastonbury and Chelsea Flower Show! Closer to home you may have a local festival or sporting event looking for willing hands.
- Keep an eye open in your local press for other opportunities. There’s often a snippet or two to be found concerning specific help needed urgently.
You may also like to link-up with your colleagues to help a local organisation – we have some great examples in our Volunteer Case Studies to get your ideas flowing. There are examples from individuals to help inspire you too.
Once you’ve found something to your liking, don’t forget Volunteer Time is also available for you to apply for if applicable. And we’d also love to hear about what you’re doing to add to our Volunteer Case Studies!