Want to be healthier, less stressed and make a difference? Be a volunteer!

Posted by / Monday 06 June 2016 /

Volunteers week takes place between 1-12 June 2016 and is the annual celebration of the millions of people who take time out of to volunteer in their community.

Here at Action for Children, we’re so grateful to our team of volunteers who help out in so many different ways, every one of them is a hero to us.  

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Sandra works as an admin volunteer and she loves going into the office. "I never know what I will be doing, could be counting money, wrapping raffle prizes, spreadsheet, mail merges, posters, photocopying, making telephone calls, anything at all."

Greg and his twin brother were taken into care for two years when they were three years old and again when they were 13. Having gone through the care system as a child, Greg always felt that he wanted to give back and support another child who may be going through what he once experienced.

Whatever you can offer, we’ve probably got a spot that’s just right for you. For many roles you just need enthusiasm and a willingness to get involved.

Sign up to be a volunteer

There are lots of benefits to becoming a volunteer with us at Action for Children.

  • quality of life – a 2012 study found that volunteering in later life decreased depression and social isolation
  • new skills – it’s a great way to get hands-on experience,
  • improve your CV – many students volunteer with us and it can help their CVs stand out from other job hunters
  • confidence – you get a chance to learn something new and build up your self-worth
  • meet new people – it’s a great way to make friends with other people in your community
  • helping people – by volunteering with us, you're helping support some of the UK’s most vulnerable children and families
"My volunteering has opened so many new doors which otherwise would have remained unopened."

Emma, volunteer
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We've got lots of different roles - you could assist at your local Action for Children playgroup, mentor a young person who has little contact with their family, or advise young people about dealing with issues like homelessness or drug abuse. We also really value people who can assist us with support roles, such as driving, administration or event volunteering.

And don’t worry about time commitments, we're really very flexible! Some of our volunteers might give two hours a fortnight or get involved in one-off events that last a few hours; while others might give two or three days a week. A lack of time certainly doesn't mean you can't help us.

We give all of our volunteers an introduction to our work and support from a member of staff, although the level of training you’ll receive will obviously depend on your role.

"Volunteering has made me feel like part of the wider Action for Children community. It is a great way of meeting new people, seeing a different side to the organisation, and it reminds you of what is happening beyond your own working day." - Action for Children volunteer

Join our team.

We would love you to join our friendly team, so get involved and volunteer. Search our volunteering database to find the right opportunity for you, sign up, and we'll do the rest.