Volunteering is choosing to do something for the benefit of others, or for your community or the environment, without being paid to do it. Volunteering is open to anyone, and can bring great personal rewards. We believe that everyone has a valuable contribution to make to society.

Volunteering is a great way to:

  • Meet people
  • Gain work experience
  • Make a difference
  • Do something you’re passionate about
  • Fill some spare time
  • Help people
  • Get involved in your local community
  • Try something new
  • Enjoy yourself

If you are looking for something to do then there are lots of organisations that would appreciate your time!

There are lots of new and exciting opportunities being added to our database every day. You could be a befriender, treasurer, coach, first responder, wildlife or conservation volunteer…the possibilities are endless. Read some of our volunteer stories to find out about the experiences of other local volunteers.

You can search for volunteering opportunities on the national volunteering website www.do-it.org or by contacting your nearest centre to arrange an informal appointment.  We’ll register your details and pass them to the organisations you select once you’re happy. You can find out more information for new volunteers here.


To register a volunteering opportunity with us, please download the forms below and return them to your nearest office as soon as possible.

Group volunteering

Volunteering with others can be great fun, as you set goals and achieve things together for the benefit of an organisation or a charity of your choice. It can also be a good way to build a team, or just get friends together. Simply contact us and let us know what you would like to do.

Many employers are now using volunteering activities as an opportunity to get teams out and about and doing something different too. If you’d like to know more about this visit our Employee Volunteering pages.


Youth volunteering

We would love to hear from young people aged 16-25 who would like to become volunteers! Through the highly successful vinvolved national youth volunteering scheme, there has been a strong focus on youth volunteering across the county in recent years. The legacy of this work is a bespoke website, where you can find volunteering opportunities just for you! Simply visit http://www.vinspired.com or get in touch with your local office.

We would also like to hear from organisations that would be able to offer young people a volunteering opportunity.


Getting started as a volunteer

Getting started as a volunteer

Finding the right volunteering opportunity is easy. Contact your local Volunteer Centre to arrange an informal appointment* with a volunteer advisor.

Book a volunteering appointment

Book a volunteering appointment

You can book appointments online for all of our sites.

Volunteering with VCS

Voluntary Centre Services believes in volunteering and its value to individuals and society. We believe that diversity in views and in voluntary contribution enriches our effort and that tolerance and trust are fundamental to volunteering. We believe in the value of individual and collective action. We aim to promote volunteering as a powerful force for …

Supported Volunteering

Supported Volunteering

What is supported volunteering? Our supported volunteering project provides support to people who want to get into volunteering. We understand that trying something new can  be daunting and that sometimes people need some extra support. We match individuals with a trained mentor, who can provide both guidance and support in finding the right voluntary role for  …

Employer Supported Volunteering (ESV)

Employer Supported Volunteering (ESV)

Helping your employees make a difference! Employer Supported Volunteering (ESV) is about employers encouraging their employees to make a difference in the local community through voluntary action.This can encompass a whole range of activities suited to the skills and interests of the employees and linked to the aims of the charity or organisation being supported. …

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