Find the right volunteer opportunity for you

Local volunteering opportunities can be found on our Volunteering Opportunities page

The Do It website has a range of opportunities locally and further afield: https://do-it.org/

For volunteer opportunities overseas: https://www.vsointernational.org/

Young People and Volunteering

Register for volunteer placements at:

Help from Jobcentre Plus

You can find volunteering and work experience opportunities through Jobcentre Plus if you’re unemployed and looking for work.

Jobcentre Plus also runs volunteering and employment schemes if you’re a recruiter.

Financial Matters

Volunteer rights including expenses and volunteering on benefits go to https://www.gov.uk/volunteering/volunteers-rights

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

For individuals volunteering, certain roles will require a valid DBS disclosure. A  DBS check  is a legal  requirement when your volunteering role places you in contact with children or with those who are deemed to be vulnerable adults for example some of our elderly or those with disabilities.

The DBS check will assess your suitability to carry out your volunteering role by checking whether you have a criminal record or are on the DBS barred lists.

Choose an area for local support information
Volunteering in South Tyneside

Want to volunteer in South Tyneside? go to www.do-it.org.uk

Do you have a few hours to spare to help The Home Readers Library Service deliver books to houses around the Borough?

We deliver to 300 houses as well as Residential Care Homes and Sheltered Accommodations.

All of our volunteers require DBS clearance which will be arranged through The Library Service.

For more information please contact

Maureen Cairns  0191 4247870


Volunteering in Sunderland

vcas-logoGet started – Volunteering in Sunderland

There are many reasons why people volunteer!  It might be to meet people, to gain new skills and experiences, to have fun, to help out in your local community or to gain experience that could help you to obtain paid work.

Voluntary and Community Action Sunderland’s Volunteer Centre provide face to face advice as to the volunteering roles available and how to access them.

They can help people understand what volunteering is about and people with barriers to volunteering find the right role for them and support them with the application and recruitment process, even throughout the volunteering experience!

Voluntary and Community Sunderland Action are here to help organisations and volunteers. You just need to live, work or study in Sunderland, it’s as simple as that!

To find out more about volunteering in Sunderland visit VCAS website and do it page here.  Email volunteering@vcas.org.uk  Telephone 0191 5651566 or pop into the City Centre Office: Voluntary and Community Action Sunderland, 8 Frederick Street,  Sunderland, SR1 1NA

National Volunteering week is every year in June and  Sunderland City Council organised a get together for volunteers across the city  to thank and celebrate the work that all of them you do for our City.

We know that many organisations across the city couldn’t do the work they do without their  time, effort and commitment.    It’s often the volunteers who are on the front line and doing the real engagement with our communities.   With busy lives, it can be hard to find time to volunteer. However, the benefits of volunteering are enormous to you, your family, and your community. The right match can help you find friends, reach out to the community, learn new skills, and even advance your career. Volunteering can also help protect your mental and physical health.

The Mayor and Mayors wanted to show their gratitude by presenting all the volunteers  with a certificate.  All the volunteers were from Sunderland city council and partner organisations across the city.