Volunteering stories

Volunteering at Rainham Hall – two perspectives

Jesse Lock, Community Gardener We have a volunteer, Brigitte, who comes to Rainham Hall on Thursdays with her very young daughter to help out in the garden. This came about when Brigitte approached me one...

Posted 13 Mar 2019

How ‘Take One, Leave One’ Inspired a Community

As snow and freezing temperatures hit Britain in January, myself and a small group of my friends decided to hang a couple of warm coats on a clothes rail outside a church in London. We...

Posted 06 Mar 2019

The 'Take One, Leave One' rail near Exmouth Market

Blackpool Social Care Volunteers Service

Maggie first applied to be a volunteer with Blackpool Council Adults Volunteers Team in 2009, in her own words “I like socialising and mixing with all different people and I like a challenge. Because of...

Posted 07 Jun 2018

Fifty years of volunteering with Contact the Elderly

I first found out about the work of Contact the Elderly in 1965 from New Society magazine. The magazine ran an article about Contact the Elderly’s founder, Trevor Lyttleton, explaining how he and his friends...

Posted 07 Jun 2018

Tackling the diversity challenge in sport volunteering

Sports clubs and groups attract more volunteers than any other sector: over 6 million people give up their time, skills and enthusiasm to help others get active. Without volunteers, most sport and physical activity would...

Posted 06 Jun 2018

Participants of the She's Ready programme.

Anna Jackson, Coaching UK

I have now been playing and coaching for 20 years and was lucky enough to be a member of Great Britain’s women’s team from 1998-2008, playing at world championships, European championships and the Sydney 2000...

Posted 06 Jun 2018

Fact file: Liverpool FC Foundation volunteer

Why did you join the LFC Foundation/Liverpool John Moores University Volunteering programme? Volunteering is a passion and something I’ve done for a long time. I started volunteering at home in Basingstoke, Hampshire to support the...

Posted 06 Jun 2018

Top six moments of My City Year Journey: Holly O’Shea

City Year UK is a youth social action charity which challenges 18 to 25-year-olds to tackle educational inequality through a year of full-time voluntary service. As mentors, tutors and role models in schools, they support...

Posted 05 Jun 2018

Picture of Holly O'Shea

Ella’s Story – #iwill Ambassador

Hi, my name is Ella, I’m 11 years old, and I am an #iwill Ambassador. I’ve been an #iwill Ambassador since November 2017, and my role with the #iwill campaign is to share my voice...

Posted 05 Jun 2018

Picture of Ella smiling and wearing a t-shirt with the #iwill logo on