Volunteering Services

Thinking about volunteering and change lives?  Don’t know where to go? No idea where to start from?  Searching for right roles to volunteer?  Look no further!


It's amazing what a volunteer can do!

What is volunteering?
We recognise that volunteering is a major contributor to the quality of life of volunteers, and communities they support, the local economy and environment.  Read more.

What does Volunteering mean?

Volunteering is an activity that involves spending time, unpaid, doing something that aims to benefit the environment or individuals or groups.

NCVO (National Council for Voluntary Organisation) say ‘We define volunteering as any activity that involves spending time, unpaid, doing something that aims to benefit the environment or someone (individuals or groups) other than, or in addition to, close relatives. Central to this definition is the fact that volunteering must be a choice freely made by each individual.

This can include formal activity undertaken through public, private and voluntary organisations as well as informal community participation and social action. Everyone has the right to volunteer and volunteering can have significant benefits for individuals.’


Become a volunteer
Who can volunteer? Volunteering is open to all.  
Why volunteer? There are many reasons why people volunteer. Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, build your confidence, learn new skills, improve your CV, gain new experiences, help a group or cause you are interested in...and have fun!

How can Bolton CVS support you?

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, we can help and support you.  We can help you to explore the opportunities available and match you up with the most appropriate one.  We can advise you:

  • Over the phone, call 01204 546060.
  • By email, info@boltoncvs.org.uk
  • Confidential one to one appointments, sessions are available on Monday - Friday between 10am and 3pm and can last up to 45 minutes.  Book in advance.
  • Attend Getting Ready to Volunteer Workshop or Why Volunteer Workshop, have a look at our training programme for the next session.


What are the benefits of volunteering?


Volunteering whilst on benefits
Volunteering can help you to develop new skills and try something new.  It can help you prepare for paid work by increasing your confidence and experience. You can volunteer while receiving benefits as long as you continue to meet all the conditions of your benefit.
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