Key Facts

Anyone can volunteer. It can be very rewarding and is a great way to:
- meet new people
- gain new or use existing skills
- get experience
- make a big difference to your community

Top Tips for Delivery

Decide what kind of volunteering is the most suitable – e.g. the sort of organisation and as well as the time available to volunteer.

Make sure social action is reflective, challenging, youth-led, socially impactful, progressive and embedded.

Case Study

Launched in 2011, the National Citizens Service (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.

For more information see: NCS

HeadStart London offers 16-18 year olds the opportunity to develop employability skills through volunteering and professional workshops.

For more information see: Headstart The Challenge

Link to Research
Brown. A, Clery. E, Kotecha. M (2013) Evaluation of National CitizenService pilots; NatCen Social Research 
Arthur. J, Harrison. T, Taylor. E (2014) Building Character Through Youth Social Action 

Funded providers

Careers & Enterprise Fund 2016 grant recipients
Mentoring Fund grant recipients