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Become a volunteer

Volunteering, a great way to build your skills and do something worthwhile


Just left school, college or university? It’s much harder to get a job if you have limited work experience but volunteering could be the answer with many charities, non-for-profit organisations and your local community needing help more than ever as we deal with the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.


It’s a great way to build up practical and general life skills that will show potential employers you mean business! From team-working, problem solving and people skills to gaining hands-on practical experience, it can build your confidence and feel good to help others too. A win-win situation!


There are many reasons you might want to volunteer within an industry or gain insight into particular job roles including:

Gain direct experience

Volunteering opportunities come in all shapes and sizes - charities need volunteers to help carry out their services, the perfect chance to pick up or hone new skills.

Working as part of a team

There’s more to experience than you think. Employers value teamwork, problem solving and perseverance. These more general life skills can all be learnt and demonstrated through all kinds of volunteering experiences.

Meet new people

You never know who you will meet when you volunteer. Jobs are regularly acquired through friends and connections. Putting yourself in situations with new people can be hugely beneficial to your employment chances. Get out there, show the world why you are the perfect employee.


Volunteering does wonders to your mental wellbeing, crucial at a moment when confidence and perseverance are so important. If you have some time on your hands before finding your next opportunity, volunteering can give you a sense of purpose and positive time out from your own concerns.

Find out more about how to become a volunteer and search for the opportunities available locally

Plymouth’s volunteering directory

Our Plymouth – register as a volunteer and search for local volunteering opportunities

COVID-19 - Community Organisations Caring For Plymouth

NCS – an opportunity for young people to work with local businesses, youth centres, football clubs and grassroots initiatives.

National Careers Service advice on volunteering

Useful links to support you in volunteering to gain work experience with Skills Launchpad Plymouth

Make sure you feel ready to get back out there – check out the support available if you are feeling anxious, confused, lost or overwhelmed Make an informed choice locally. Find out about Plymouth’s current employment picture and learn about our industry sectors which are growing fast creating new job opportunities now and in the future Too much choice out there? You can always learn more about your career options Get your own free impartial 1-1 Careers and Skills Plan with National Careers Service Develop yourself through further study and training opportunities