Becoming a volunteer

Want to volunteer but don’t know where to start? Volunteers’ Week is a great time to find out more.

There are all kinds of volunteering roles out there, contributing to many different causes.

Volunteers’ Week is an ideal time to get chatting to organisations you’re interested in and find out more about their volunteering opportunities.

To access resouces, support and information for across the UK, you can also contact our partner organsations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Get a taste of what volunteering is like with our 'Where Volunteering Begins' short films

Volunteering should be open to everyone, and Volunteers’ Week is committed to supporting, enabling and championing volunteering in all its forms.

While we can’t help you find a volunteering opportunity directly, the links below can help you find something to suit you.

Volunteer centres

A volunteer centre is a great place to start if you’re unsure where you’d like to give your time. Use NCVO’s map to find your nearest volunteer centre.

Find a volunteer centre

‘’ volunteering database

Search more than one million volunteering opportunities by interest, activity or location and apply online.


Read how-to guides on NCVO Knowhow

How-tos are written by people with real world experience on subjects that matter to you. These guides are wiki based so you can update and even add your own.

See volunteering how-to guides


Search for voluntary work on CharityJob, the UK’s busiest site for charity jobs and volunteering opportunities.

Visit CharityJob