Volunteering is a great way to gain experience, particularly if you haven’t worked before or you need experience in a sector where there is little paid work available. It’s also flexible as you can volunteer for a day, or for a week or longer, and may include evenings and weekends. Voluntary work can also help you get paid work in the future, as it develops transferable skills and shows you are willing to give up your time for others or for a cause.
A wide range of organisations welcome volunteers and all major towns and cities have volunteer centres with online listings to help you find local opportunities.
Note: a genuine voluntary role means there should be no contract or expectation about the hours you work. If there are set hours or a specific job description, you may be a ‘worker’ rather than a ‘volunteer’ and eligible for the National Minimum Wage for more information see;
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