How do I get a volunteer role?

Search our online database and apply online.  Or call in and chat to one of our friendly advisors in our City Centre Volunteer Centre.

Tuesdays: 10am – 12 noon

Thursdays: 1pm – 3.00pm – a sports volunteering advisor is usually available at this session

For details of nearly all our opportunities you can also look on-line at

What happens when I visit the volunteer centre?

We will have an informal chat with our volunteer advisors about what you think you might like to do. We can find a role to meet your lifestyle and interests. There is a simple registration form we’ll ask you to fill in. We’ll spend some time browsing through various available opportunities. All the information we have available on the opportunities you’re interested in will be printed out for you. Most people take this away to have a look through, and choose 2-3 organisations to make contact with. Each organisation has its own method of taking on volunteers, which we can talk through with you. You will not need to make any decisions about your volunteer role on this visit. Appointments are available out of these times and a confidential meeting room is available. More questions? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions

Why do people volunteer?

Most people volunteer either because they want to give something back to society or because they want to play a part in their community. People volunteer for many different organisations, from national charities like MENCAP to local community groups.  Our video case studies show people from all walks of life volunteering.  Here are some of the other reasons why people choose to volunteer…

To share a skill

To get to know their community better

To show their commitment to a cause

To obtain leadership skills

To keep busy

To make new friends

To explore a career

To help someone

To feel good

To be part of a team

To test themselves



Click on the links to find some of the top volunteer roles in different areas of interest.




Children/young people


Health care/social care