Why Volunteer

People of all ages and from a variety of different backgrounds, volunteer. 

There are thousands of volunteer roles available in Scotland promoted on our search site. These include activities such as befriending, helping at events, driving, fundraising, conservation activities, providing support to children and older people. These are offered in a variety of settings from sport clubs to local community organisations. You can even volunteer from home.

By giving your time you're helping the organisation you volunteer for, and you're also helping the people, communities, animals or environments they represent. What turns that donation into an investment is that you get back far more than you give. And for whatever you want to get out of volunteering, there is an opportunity that can help realise it.

Just want to help out? Looking to learn new skills? Keen to meet other people? Fired up to make a difference? Volunteering can help you do it. For that reason alone volunteering can be one of the most rewarding investments you'll ever make. Whether you have a little or lots of time to give there should be something there for you.

Benefits of volunteering

Volunteering is one of the most rewarding things you can do and thinking about how you want to benefit from volunteering is a good start to finding an opportunity that's right for you. 

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FAQs about volunteering

Got a question about volunteering? Why not check our FAQ's about volunteering before contacting us.

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Awards and qualifications

Find out about the awards and qualifications available for volunteers. We’ve listed in the link below some awards and qualifications currently available that recognise your volunteering contribution.

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Working and Volunteering in Scotland’s Voluntary Sector

The following publication was developed by SCVO and provides simple but engaging information on working and volunteering in Scotland’s voluntary sector. It is targeted at young people to describe the opportunities and to provide helpful sources of information.

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