Why do people volunteer?

Up and down the country, tens of thousands of people just like you volunteer their time, talents and experience every year.

Their reasons to volunteer might be different but the one thing they all tell us is that volunteering is enormously rewarding and has changed their lives for the better.

By getting involved in your local communities or in hospitals, you can keep people happy, healthy and connected.

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Why do people volunteer for Royal Voluntary Service


What are the benefits of volunteering?

Different people are motivated to volunteer for different reasons, but we're here to help you use your talents in the most rewarding and beneficial way you can.

Why volunteer? Here are a few of the ways that we'll support you and your unique skills.

Shape what you want to do

Tell us what you love to do and we’ll do our best to find the volunteering opportunity that makes the most of your talents.

Everyone has their “special something”. Whether it’s your banter, your biceps, your smile, your imagination or your mother tongue, there are so many ways that it can be used to make a difference in someone’s life.

We’ll work with you to understand precisely what you want to get from your volunteer experience and help you find a volunteering opportunity that suits you.

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It all starts with a conversation

As a volunteer, your journey will always start in the same way; with a conversation. Nothing helps us understand our volunteers better than a good old chat.

It’s the best way to show us what skills and talents you could bring to voluntary roles in local communities and hospitals.

If you want to start a conversation, let us know.

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Everyone's got a talent

And every opportunity requires a “special someone” with a “special something”.

Even if you’re not sure what yours is, knowing the reasons why you are considering volunteering in the first place can help us.

Whether you want to make a difference, learn new skills, help others, make new friends, give something back to your community or simply be a part of something, becoming a volunteer can offer all of this and so much more.

Let us know what motivates you and we’ll help you find the role to match it.

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