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.
You can contact us to register your interest in volunteering for Age UK.
Volunteering England has details of local volunteer centres in England and how to find volunteering opportunities across the UK. Visit the Volunteering England website or call 0845 305 6979 (lo‑call rate) for more information.
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