Volunteering for young people
If you are studying, in work, or out of work, volunteering is a way to develop new skills, build confidence and show future employers what you can do.
It's up to you how much time to give. It could be:
- a one-off event
- a couple of hours a week
- a full-time commitment over several months.
There is a wide range of volunteering work, for example:
- helping maintain a wildlife area
- being part of a team planning a festival
- office work
- teaching someone to read
You could work in your local area or move away from home.
If you already know the type of work you want to do, then you can contact organisations directly. For example, if you want to teach you could contact local schools, colleges or adult education centres. You can find details about looking for local volunteering opportunities at the links above.
National citizen service - NCS
If you’re 16 or 17, you can be involved in volunteering by taking part in NCS. Visit their website and sign up to receive more information and details of how to get involved.
Team v is a network of young people (aged 16-25) across England who are improving communities and changing lives. You can get involved with the local Team v campaigns to do good in the community, develop skills and have some fun.
Volunteering and claiming benefits
You can volunteer and continue to get any benefits if:
- the only money you get from volunteering is to cover expenses (travel costs, etc)
- you continue to meet the conditions of the benefit you get