For some, volunteering can be a route to employment, or a chance to try something new which may lead to a career change. For others it is a way to give something back to society, helping others and the local community or a way to meet people, build confidence and gain new skills.
Volunteering is open to all and there is something for everyone as there are a wide range of volunteering opportunities available for people to have a go at.
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer then there are national and local organisations to help and advise you.
An independent charity committed to supporting, enabling and celebrating volunteering in all its diversity. Volunteering England can put you in touch with local volunteer centres and provide advice, information and help to volunteers and people who work with volunteers.
Website: Volunteering England (opens new window)
An online National Volunteering Database containing over 1,000,000 opportunities to volunteer. You can also apply for volunteering opportunities directly through Do-it.
Website: Volunteering England - Do-it (opens new window)
Local Volunteer Centres
These are local organisations that provide support and expertise within the local community, to potential volunteers, existing volunteers and organisations that involve volunteers.
Volunteer Centres are often a good place to start looking for volunteering opportunities in the local area:
- Volunteering Bradford
Telephone: 01274 725434
Website: Volunteering Bradford (opens new window)
- Keighley Volunteer Bureau
Telephone: 01535 609506
Website: Keighley Volunteer Bureau (opens new window)
- Ilkley Volunteer Point
Local volunteer information service providing information on opportunities available locally in Ilkley, Addingham, Burley in Wharfedale, Menston, Leeds, Skipton and Bradford.
Telephone: 01943 603348 and ask to speak with a Volunteer Point Advisor
Website: Ilkley Volunteer Point (opens new window)