How do I start volunteering?

Getting started couldn’t be easier. Contact your local LCVS Volunteer Centre to arrange an informal meeting to discuss what your interests are and to find out what volunteering opportunities are available in your local area. We’ll give you all the support you need.

We ensure that every potential volunteer gets a warm personal welcome and has the opportunity to discuss and explore what areas of volunteering they are interested in, what skills they want to gain/use and what time they have available to volunteer.

If you wish, you can begin your search for your perfect volunteering role straightaway by searching via national database Do It (see below).

 

What could I do as a volunteer? 

Whatever your interest there’s a volunteering role for you.

LCVS is in regular contact with community groups and charities who are looking for people to support them in hundreds of ways, with roles in administration, gardening, supporting the police, children’s activities, befriending, heritage, fundraising, youth work and much, much more.

Scroll through the latest volunteering opportunities

To get a flavour of volunteer opportunities currently available, scroll below or search with your postcode using the tool on the right. Click on any of interest for further details. You can even apply online if you wish:

“Volunteering allowed me to be creative again. I feel that I now have something to do and I have a passion for something again.

“My long term goal is to find paid employment and until I am ready for that, this allows me to contribute something and do something productive with my time.”

Shaun Allsop at work at Chain Bridge Forge - A Living Museum

Shaun Allsop

Volunteer, Chain Bridge Forge – A Living Museum, Spalding,

Search via Do It

We list volunteering opportunities on the national database Do It where you can search using your postcode and interests to find the opportunity for you:

Click here to visit: Do It website

 

Why Volunteer?

Volunteering is a fantastic way to develop new skills, enhance your CV, contribute to your local community and meet new people. It builds self esteem, enhances wellbeing, reduces isolation and improves prospects.

 

Need extra support?

At LCVS we understand taking the first steps into anything new can be daunting, volunteering included. That is why we do everything we can to support you through the process.

Extra support and mentoring may be available in your area. Contact us to find out more: Contact LCVS

 

Richard Mister (55)

“Having this voluntary work on my CV stood me in good stead. Experience counts for more than anything.
“I began volunteering because I needed to get my motivation back and stay connected to the outside world.
“I wish I could spend the rest of my life doing voluntary work. It gives you so much satisfaction and you’re so appreciated. It’s something to cherish. Anybody I speak to I recommend getting into volunteering. It’s such a pick me up and you’re doing something really worthwhile. It’s one of the best moves I’ve ever made.”

 

 

“I get more out of this than I do anything else. When I see pictures popping up on social media of a child who has achieved their white belt or someone who has got a certificate, I feel proud too.
“What we do allows people to achieve things they wouldn’t otherwise achieve.”

Gemma Holland

Volunteer administrator, Storm UK Martial Arts

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