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Volunteering is about giving your time to a good cause. You don't get paid, but you do get the chance to use your talents and develop new skills. Here are some details of local and national organisations that offer volunteering opportunities.

Local Opportunities

Volunteering Kingston (VK) (opens a new window) is funded by the Royal Borough of Kingston to promote and develop volunteering to people that live, work or study in the borough and are over the age of 16.

Richmond Upon Thames Council for Voluntary Service (opens a new window) is the local organisation that arranges and supports volunteering in Richmond.

Volunteering with Kingston Council (opens a new window)

There are many local organisations and charities that would welcome and value volunteer support in person or in any other way.  You can find details of organisations in the directory on this website (opens a new window).  

London Wildlife Trust (opens a new window) have a wide range of volunteering activities at more than 40 nature reserves across the London.

National Opportunities

Mencap (opens a new window) offer volunteering opportunities for people with learning disabilities.

vinspired (opens a new window) is the UK's leading volunteering charity for 14 - 25 year olds.

  • vinspired helps young people to make their mark on causes that they care about, whilst learning new skills and talents along the way.
  • vinspired recognises that volunteering can help young people thrive, and transform the communities they live in. It teaches them vital skills, like teamwork and problem-solving. It prepares them for their future.

NCS stands for National Citizen Service (opens a new window)

  • It is a scheme for 15 - 17 years olds.
  • NCS helps build skills for work and life whilst taking on new challenges and meeting new friends.
  • The programme involves a short time away from home, trying new things as well as taking part in a team project in the local community.

International Citizen Service (ICS) (opens a new window) is a once-in-a-lifetime, UK government-funded programme providing volunteer placements to 18-25 year olds and Team Leader placements to 23-35 year olds. It's a development programme that brings together young people from the UK and developing countries to volunteer in some of the poorest communities in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

ICS is committed to inclusion and to meeting the individual needs of those who take part.  They welcome applications from young people who have an impairment or who consider themselves to be disabled.

British Red Cross (opens a new window) offer volunteering and other schemes for young people.

Volunteering Matters (opens a new window) believe that everyone can play a role in their community and should have the chance to participate; they build projects and programmes to reflect this. They focus on the needs of four distinct communities; young people, disabled people, families and older people.

The Princes Trust (opens a new window) website has many volunteering suggestions. 

Volunteering in local sport has the power to create healthier, happier people and stronger communities

The role of the Inclusion Development Officers

If you need support to access volunteering activities you should contact the Inclusion Team who may be able to offer advice and support.

Find out more about the Inclusion Team (opens a new window)