Step 1: Find the right placement

Step 1: Find the right placement

The important thing is to find the right placement for you. If you know what sort of volunteering you want to do you can go straight online and look for what you want at If you would like a bit more guidance or to talk through your needs, you can contact your local youth volunteering advisor (YVA). Your YVA is able to help you think about what you want from the placement and discuss the available options.

Don’t worry if you don’t know what you want to do. There is so much choice you may want to explore a number of options, find out more and make a decision after that. Some placements may offer tasters for you to see if it is for you and even if you chose something and decide later it isn’t right for you, you can always go back to your YVA and explore other options.

Often when someone finds what they want to do, they assume that they can begin volunteering almost immediately but there is a process to being placed and depending on the activity you are going to do, it can take a while.

Below is a rough guide to how the process might work;


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Find a volunteering opportunity near you and register your interest. Go on, what are you waiting for? If you don’t try it you won’t know what you’re missing!

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