General Article Volunteer placements, rights and expenses

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1. Find volunteer placements

Find volunteering opportunities on:

  • the Do-it website
  • in local communities through Community Service Volunteers or on local notice boards (e.g. in a library) or local newspapers
  • the VSO website (for overseas placements)
  • by contacting a local Volunteer Centre
  • the Reach website for volunteers with specific skills – like accountancy, marketing, law, management, mentoring or IT
  • volunteer opportunities for people aged 50 or older
  • the Volunteering Wales website
  • the Volunteer Scotland website.

Young people

Register for volunteer placements at:

  • the National Citizen Service website, if you’re 16 to 17 in England or Wales, or 15 to 16 in Northern Ireland
  • the International Citizen Service website, if you’re 18 to 25 and want to volunteer abroad.


2. Volunteers’ rights

You don’t have a contract of employment as a volunteer, so you don’t have the same rights as an employee or worker.

You will usually be given a volunteer agreement that expla...

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