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Voluntary work is work that you're not paid for. It's an easy way to get some experience and it looks great on your CV.

Why volunteer?

Volunteering is a great way to learn new skills and meet new people. It can be the first step to getting into work or changing your career. It can:

  • give you work experience to get a job
  • build up your knowledge to help you decide on a career
  • be included in your CV to show the skills and knowledge you have gained
  • boost your self-confidence, and
  • help you feel that you are doing something worthwhile.

Work experience is classed as volunteering - everyone should go on one or two weeks work experience in Year 10 or 11.

What can I do?

You can volunteer in almost anything. Whatever your interests, there will be something you can get involved in and enjoy, and you can give as little or as much of your time as you want.

You could:

  • help out at a local sports club, for example, refereeing
  • look after animals
  • help out at a local museum or heritage site
  • help an elderly person
  • support a person who has a disability
  • work with people who are homeless, and
  • help fundraise for your favourite charity.

If you are under 16, there are restrictions on the type of volunteering and paid work you can do.

vInspired is an England-wide charity for young people aged between 16 and 25 who'd like to volunteer.

Join the vInspired team and you can:

  • work towards awards using a log book supplied by the vteam
  • attend celebration events to congratulate anyone that makes a significant contribution through volunteering.

National Citizen Service (NCS) is open to all 16 and 17-year-olds in England. It helps you build your skills for work and life, while you take on new challenges and meet new friends.