What does it take to become a volunteer?

You might think it takes something special to become a volunteer. And it does. But that special something is different for everyone.

You’ll probably have plenty of questions when it comes to volunteering. Who can volunteer? Can I volunteer? What can I volunteer for? Is there a special type of person that volunteers? Is the fact that I can speak a second language helpful?

The answer to most of those questions is that anyone can be a volunteer. Each of the people that volunteer with us are unique, with their own talents, skills and experiences.

What does it take to become a Royal Voluntary Service volunteer


Who can be a volunteer

Our volunteers include people of every age, gender, race and cultural background who can speak in a wide range of different languages. While we don’t offer translator roles as a voluntary service, it’s always nice to have volunteers that can speak a second language.

Although many people choose to volunteer after they have retired, everyone who volunteers brings their own experience, skills and knowledge, whether you are a teenager (our minimum age is 14) or in your 90s.

We have people who volunteer their creativity, their kindness, their passion, their company, their mother tongue and even their biceps.

The one thing that all volunteers have in common is the fact that they have chosen to give their time to make someone’s day a little better in hospital and in the local community.

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Who can be a Royal Voluntary Service volunteer


Short-term and student volunteering

If you can’t commit to volunteering on a regular or long-term basis in your local community and hospitals, there are still ways to help.

Volunteering is also a great way for students to gain work experience, learn new skills, meet new people and get a break from your studies.


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Short-term and student volunteering at Royal Voluntary Service


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