What does volunteering involve?

Volunteering is more than delivering a task without payment. It’s about giving the gift of your time, talent and skills.

Every year, our volunteers provide 500,000 working days of support to the NHS and diverse communities across Britain – and everyone’s volunteering journey will be different.

We know that our volunteers do their best work when they're making the most of their unique talents. That's why we're here to help you find the role that suits you and your skills best.

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What does volunteering involve


Why volunteer for us?

When you volunteer with Royal Voluntary Service, whether you have a specific role in mind, or you want to start something new, we’ll be with you every step of the way, providing help and support.

We will do everything we can to help you get the most out of the experience. From giving you a full induction and training to just being there for a friendly chat, we’ll make sure you have everything you need.

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Who can volunteer?

Anyone can volunteer their talents, skills and experience. There isn’t a typical volunteer, people of every age, gender, race and cultural background do it every single day in a number of different languages.

While many people choose to volunteer after they have retired, it’s also a great way for students to gain experience and take a break from their studies. Our short-term voluntary opportunities also mean that you can give as much or as little time as you want.

Throughout your volunteering journey, the team at Royal Voluntary Service will be here to provide support whenever and wherever you need it.

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Student Volunteering 

Students have a lot to gain from volunteering.

It’s a great way to use your talents to help others but it’s also a great way to gain work experience, learn new skills, meet new people and take a break from your studies.

Students can volunteer to help people in the community and hospitals by offering support at social events, clubs, groups and other activities.

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What does a volunteer do?

When you choose to become a volunteer, you’re offering someone your time, talents and life experience. But you’re also getting so much in return: confidence, skills, friendship, as well as the satisfaction of helping others.

You could be a pair of hands in someone’s garden, a friendly face for a patient in hospital, helping to run a yoga club, chatting to someone in their own language… Whatever your “something special” is, we’ll help you match it with the volunteering opportunity that’s right for you.

Volunteers can also help in other ways, supporting projects, clubs and groups by sharing skills such as fundraising, digital and social media, marketing and communications, admin support, recruitment and more.

Once you become a volunteer with Royal Voluntary Service, you’ve got our help and support for life.  

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What does a volunteer do at Royal Voluntary Service


Reasons for Volunteering

Different people are motivated to volunteer for different reasons.
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Help others

You enjoy helping others and having a positive impact on someone’s life.

You may have received this help yourself and now want to give such a gift back or maybe you would like to make a difference in someone else’s life.

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Make new friends

You want to make new friends while helping others at the same time.

Whether you may want to build relationships in your community or simply make new friends, you will enjoy the benefits that volunteering can give.

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Be part of something

You want to have a regular place to go or a group of people to meet with regularly.

You could join one of our friendly teams volunteering in your local hospital or be a part of one of the hundreds of groups and clubs who are supporting local people in your area.

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Make a difference

You want to have more influence and feel like you’re genuinely improving your local community.

As well as helping out in local communities and hospitals, you could set up and lead a group or activity of your choice.

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Exercise values and beliefs

You believe people should have more options and control in their lives. You feel that communities shouldn’t allow people to become isolated and we should support our local groups and services. Whatever you choose to do, you will make others feel valued whilst having a real impact in your community.

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Learn new skills

You may want to improve your confidence or gain new skills and experience.

Volunteering can be an exciting stepping stone towards the next stage of your career or life whilst giving back to your community.

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Help others
Make new friends
Be part of something
Make a difference
Exercise values and beliefs
Learn new skills


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