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Volunteering is a good way of gaining skills and experience if you are looking to get back into work.
It can be rewarding in itself and benefit other individuals and your community. It can also sometimes be a direct way into paid employment with the organisation you volunteer for, but you should not expect this as a matter of course.
Volunteering opportunities include:
Organisations usually pay volunteers expenses such as travel costs. As long as you are only paid expenses, volunteering should not affect your entitlement to social security benefits. Some organisations have age limits for their volunteers. This will usually be lawful as the age discrimination regulations do not cover volunteering.
Find out about volunteering opportunities with Age Scotland.
Search Scotland's Volunteering Gateway to find out about current volunteering opportunities in your area.
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Volunteer Development Scotland is Scotland's centre for excellence in volunteering.
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