Voluntary work

​Employers value the skills, knowledge and understanding that can be gained in voluntary work
Voluntary work is a great way to gain experience, use and improve your skills, develop new interests and meet new people while helping your community. It will boost your confidence and look good on your CV.
Surveys show that many employers will look more favourably on your application or CV if it contains voluntary experience, as it shows them that you are committed to working hard and gaining skills and knowledge.
Voluntary work can be available with small community groups, local and national charities, in health, education and social services, etc.
You can volunteer to work with: older people, children and young people, administration and computers, sport, disability groups, women's groups, the environment, arts and music, advice / helplines, and many more.
Volunteer Centre Leeds
The Centre can help you to find suitable volunteering opportunities.
Do-it - Volunteering made easy
This national database can be searched for volunteering opportunities in Leeds and surrounding areas.
Become a volunteer advice worker
Applicants need to have good numeracy and literacy skills, the ability to communicate and the capacity and willingness to learn. All advice volunteers receive training through the Advice Leeds legal advice qualification training programme.
Several Leeds City Council departments also offer volunteering opportunities (please use the buttons on the right for further information):
Leeds Museums and Galleries
Volunteering with Leeds Museums and Galleries is a way to use your existing skills, develop new ones, improve your knowledge, increase your employability, meet new people and have fun!
Volunteering in Libraries
The Library At Home Service delivers an extensive range of library materials to the door of those who find it hard to leave home without the help of others, either permanently or on a temporary basis. The Library Service is looking for volunteers to choose and deliver books to our housebound customers.
Volunteering with Leeds Youth Offending Service
There are in excess of 100 volunteers who volunteer with Leeds Youth Offending Service in a variety of roles, including on a one to one basis supporting young people directly or within a group work setting.
Volunteering with the Parks and Countryside Service
The service is very grateful for the support of the hundreds of volunteers who work with us every year.  With their help we can achieve so much more in our mission to protect, promote and enhance the green spaces of Leeds.  We always welcome new volunteers.
Leeds independent visitors scheme
An Independent Visitor is a volunteer who befriends and visits a child or young person living in the care of the local authority.
Everything is Possible
Based in Leeds, Everything is Possible offer volunteering and learning opportunities overseas for young people (aged 18 to 30) who usually have little or no chance to travel abroad.
European Voluntary Service
Helps young people to volunteer abroad.
VSO – Voluntary Service Overseas
VSO volunteers work to fight poverty in the developing world and change the lives of thousands of people for the better.