Become a Volunteer

Interested in volunteering?

Please call the Volunteer Centre on 01204 546 060 to find out more.

What is volunteering?

Volunteering is any activity or service that involves spending time, unpaid, doing something that benefits someone else, the local community or the environment.

Who can volunteer?

Anyone can volunteer, regardless of age, experience, background, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, disability or refugee status.

Steps to take to become a volunteer:

Step 1: Think “Why do I want to volunteer?” It may be:

  • to develop skills and experience and improve your CV
  • to build up your confidence
  • to fill time
  • to make friends
  • the list is endless!

Step 2: Think “What do I want to do?”
There are so many things you can get involved in, so don’t think ‘Oh I’ll do anything’. Volunteering works best when you decide on something specific you want to do. You could think about an issue you are passionate about, or a hobby or interest. Some volunteering may need you to make a commitment to a fixed time and day. Other types of volunteering are more flexible when you fix the time and day as you go along. It all depends what fits in best with your life. Consider what kind of volunteering interests you: there are so many different kinds of volunteering opportunities available!

Step 3: The fact you are looking at this web site shows you are interested in volunteering. We have a number of different ways that you can find out more:- 

  • You can come along to a 'Why Volunteer?' workshop. The workshop lasts for one hour and covers topics such as volunteer choice, rights and responsibilities. It then moves onto looking at why individuals want to volunteer and then takes you through the process of how to get into volunteering.
  • We also have opportunities available to have a one to one interview where we will sit down with you and discuss opportunities available to you. The meeting will be in private and will be confidential.
  • You can read our latest volunteering opportunities bulletin by clicking here or visit to search the National Opportunities Database and register online or you can use the Do-it search box to the right.
  • Volunteering can be great fun and you can make a real difference not only to others, but also to yourself. To find out how other people have benefitted see our Stories page. - Andrew's Story, Brendan's Story, Daniella's Story, Ruqayyah's Story 
  • See more at 
  • To sign up to our mailing list to receive regular volunteering opportunity updates click here

Volunteering Whilst on State Benefits

If you are receiving state benefits you are still allowed to volunteer.

There are however, some rules that you need to be aware of to make sure that your volunteering doesn’t have an impact on the benefits you receive.

NCVO have outlined some guidance on state benefits and volunteering in the form of frequently asked questions and answers on this.

Please go to the following link to find out more

You can contact the Volunteer Centre on 01204 546060 or email us on