Volunteering opportunities

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Not only is volunteering an integral part of the Duke of Edinburgh programme, but it can bring many other positive gains including:

  • Building confidence and self-esteem
  • Meeting new friends and different types of people
  • Learn new skills and gain work experience
  • Wellbeing: It feels good to help others and make a difference in your community 



Fundraise for an important cause, such as St John AmbulanceYHALeonard CheshireThe British Heart Foundation or create your own campaign

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Youth Ambassador

Become a youth ambassador with Anthony Nolan

Social media

– Help with social media content for YHA or St John Ambulance

–Maintain Facebook / Instagram / websites for a local community group or charity

DofE support

Continue in your role remotely as a DofE Ambassador or Young Leader

Getting creative

Support a charity such as Headwrappers or Loving Hands by getting crafty, or sew scrubs for NHS staff

Raise awareness

Support a cause you care about by raising awareness about it

Helping others


If you are a Young Carer, your caring responsibilities can count for your volunteering. The Assessor should be a professional who is supporting you with your caring role, ideally from a Young Carers Project or Social Work/Youth Work departments. Young Carers are also encouraged to contact their nearest Young Carers Project.

Young people and children

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  • Prepare some sessions for future Beaver, Cub, Rainbow, Brownie or youth group meetings
  • Become a post pal and write to seriously ill children and their siblings

Create a campaign to raise awareness about an important issue


Mentor a sibling or relative, such as by helping with schoolwork


Coach a family member or friend to develop a new skill

Online volunteering projects 

Digital safety

Take part in a digital personal safety campaign with Resolve It


Become a volunteering videographer for YHA

British Red Cross

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Volunteer online with the British Red Cross missing maps project


Participate in research of all kinds with Zooniverse and ZSL

Sustainable development

Volunteer with the United Nations to address sustainable development challenges 



– Become an Energy Envoy with the National Energy Foundation


Take part in a John Muir Award and help to conserve nature

Litter picking

Look after your local area by cleaning it up and recycling what you can

Reduce plastic use

Join a project with Plastic Oceans to reduce plastic waste

Local wildlife

Give nature a home by supporting hedgehogs and birds in your local area