Volunteering is a great way to meet new people and develop your skills.

Volunteering can also help you get some real life work experience, to give employers confidence you can work with others, take initiative and demonstrate specific skills.

Exploring how to get involved...

National Citizen Service (NCS) is open to all 16 and 17-year-olds in England.

This scheme helps you build your skills for work and life, while you take on new challenges and meet new friends.

It runs in the spring, summer and autumn. You’ll have a short time away from home and take part in a team project that will help your community.

NCS brings together young people from different backgrounds and helps them develop greater confidence, self-awareness and responsibility. It encourages personal and social development by working on skills like leadership, teamwork and communication.

Participants develop a social action project to deal with a local issue they’re passionate about, and spend 30 hours putting the project into action in their community.

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National Council for Voluntary Organisations

If you have an idea for volunteering, perhaps with a group of friends, you can get loads of information from the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, including a register of members you could target to work with.

Royal Voluntary Service (RVS)

The Royal Voluntary Service (RVS) can help you find a volunteering opportunity. You can simply enter your postcode and selection options.