Volunteering in the UK with CSV

Volunteers make a massive difference to people and comunities all over the UK.

From providing advice and friendship to troubled families, helping children to read at school, or empowering people with disabilities to live independently.

You can give something back and give yourself a new sense of purpose, learn valuable new skills, and make new friends. Volunteer with CSV and you will get as much out of the experience as the people and communities you help.

Join the 150,000 people that volunteer with CSV every year. Everybody has something to give, and to gain.

Students! Stand out from the crowd - discover CSV gap years

Ashley (left), supports Vickers at UniversityGain a new found independence through a unique experience.

A CSV gap year will take you away from home for six months to a year.

You could be befriending young people facing challenges in their lives, supporting homeless people in a shelter, or helping people with disabilities to live independently at home, university or in a school.

There are lots of different projects that you could get involved in. 

Read more on CSV's unique gap year opportunities.

Spotlight on... Volunteering in retirement

Photo of Louise Gooding, 52, a mentor. Caption: "As you grow older it’s easy to feel that doors are closing, but    you’re still somebody who can be useful and helpful.” Louise Gooding mentors Anna a young refugee from Eritrea, East Africa. Read more..."

There are 14 million people over 60 years of age with a lifetime's worth of skills and experience to share.

Almost 80% of community organisations want volunteers to strengthen their existing services.

Your unique skills and experiences are invaluable to your community. You can give so much by volunteering your time and skills.

Older people who volunteer are happier, less socially isolated, less depressed, and have a better quality of life than those who don't.

Give some of your time and all of your experience as a volunteer.