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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

Volunteering opportunities include:

  • Volunteering for a community group
  • Becoming a school governor
  • Joining the board of trustees of a charity
  • Conservation work
  • Working in a charity shop
  • Volunteering for a campaigning organisation

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 a volunteering opportunity

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.

We are grateful for the generous support of Dr Naim Dangoor CBE
and the Exilarch Foundation

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Age UK Advice:
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