What is it?

Volunteering usually has a community focus and means to contribute your time without payment.

Ten top tips

  1. Think about what organisation you may like to gain experience at and why.
  2. Visit your local volunteer centre who will help you find a volunteer placement.
  3. If you are claiming benefits, discuss any voluntary contributions with your Employment Advisor.
  4. Think about what you can offer them.
  5. Make a good impression and always be on time.
  6. Gain training if there are opportunities.
  7. Get a reference from the organisation.
  8. Meet people and make connections.
  9. Find out if you can apply for the organisations internal vacancies.
  10. Add any experience gained to your CV.

You might find these websites useful:

Direct Gov
The official UK government website for citizens

Do-It is volunteering made easy. Quickly find ways to help in your community simply by typing in your postcode

Aged 14-25? Find a volunteering opportunity to suit you

National Careers Service
Provides careers advice and information on a wide range of jobs, training course resources and funding

Volunteer England
Independent charity and membership organisation, committed to supporting, enabling and celebrating volunteering in all its diversity

Could you help vulnerable young people in London? Find out about volunteering opportunities here.


Remember that everyone can volunteer – whatever your skills, experience or background there should be an opportunity suitable for you. Think about what it is you have to offer and what you want to gain from volunteering. You may be able to offer enthusiasm, experience or expertise and you may want to learn new skills, practice already acquired skills, fulfil a sense of enjoyment and fun or just contribute to a worthwhile cause.   Work out roughly how much time you have to give, and when you are available to give it during a week or a month. Ask questions as you go through the process of applying for an opportunity.

There are all different types of volunteering, some people volunteer abroad, live in volunteering, virtual volunteering etc. Remember, volunteering is an excellent way to improve your employability as well as all the other benefits that go hand-in-hand with it.

Are you interested in volunteering? Click here to contact Circle Housing about volunteering opportunities near you.

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