There are literally thousands of things you can do as a volunteer, but the truth is that it can take a while to start doing them.

This isn’t because organisations don’t want you or value your time but because it takes planning to make the most of volunteers. It may also take you a while to find what it is you want to do. You might need training, and the charity may need to run background checks if you’re volunteering with vulnerable people.

One-off volunteering

Volunteering at a one-off event can also be a good way to get involved quickly. We post all the national volunteering events that we hear about here – from stewarding at a marathon to helping out at a Festival.

We don’t want to dim your enthusiasm though and it’s worth hanging in there. Take Mercedes, it took her two months to find her volunteering and then another three months to start. She now volunteers reading to schoolchildren and thinks it was totally worth the wait.

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I kept getting disheartened when I’d discover volunteering I liked the sound of but needed to commit for more than once a week. But I persevered. It was totally worth the wait. The children are so enthusiastic you can’t help but enjoy working with them.

We can point you in the right direction to start with and then help you the rest of the way. We’ll be there as little or as much as you like.

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