So you think volunteering is all about do gooders working for free, collecting money on the street and making buns for cakes sales? Time to think again!
Volunteering is not only about what you can give back to your community, but also what you get out of it, including building great skills and training that you can use on your CV as well as for job and UCAS applications.
Volunteering is also fun, and you can choose to do the things that interest you, and meet new people in the process or volunteer with your friends. You can do anything from helping run a local sport club to being a DJ or film maker; you can help clean up our beeches or represent the views of other young people in your local forum; you can even volunteer to help run some of your favourite music and arts festivals and venues!
As well as all that, if you're aged between 14 and 25 you can use your volunteering to achieve a Millennium Volunteer award - giving you recognition for the voluntary work you've done.
Many young people are already involved in volunteering either through their school, local youth groups or their church – here are some of the voluntary roles that many young people are already involved in:
Most young people are involved in volunteering in some form, whether that's helping out at school, sports or youth clubs, taking part in fundraising for a local charity or doing voluntary work with their church. Take a look at our Volunteer Profiles to see the experiences of other young volunteers!
So what are you waiting for? Search our online list of volunteer roles now to find the best place for you to volunteer!
If you already volunteer, then we want to hear your story about how you've found volunteering - contact the Youth Team to find out more. You may even want to help us spread the word and become a Volunteering Ambassador.