Find an opportunity that’s right for you and be the difference in your community
Ways to find opportunities
One of the main places to look for local volunteering opportunities is the online volunteering database Do-it. You can search here by putting in your location, how far you’d like to travel and, using the Advanced search function, selecting the kind of opportunity you would like. You will then be able to see what opportunities are listed near you and apply for these online. If you haven’t yet decided what you want to do, you can also take a look at the full list of what’s available in your local area.
As many volunteer involving organisations use their own websites for recruitment, try searching the internet using the organisation name or your interests as key words.
If you need further information, advice or support to find volunteering please contact one of our local partners:
Hastings Voluntary Action
Tel: 01424 444 010, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rother Voluntary Action
Tel: 01424 217259, Email: email@example.com
Eastbourne, Wealden and Lewes District – 3VA
Tel: 01323 639 373, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you live in these local areas and you’d like to talk to someone face-to-face about volunteering, you could contact one of the local independent Volunteer Hubs:
Rye Volunteer Hub
Please ring for an appointment
Tel: 01424 217 259
Uckfield Volunteer Centre
79, High Street, Uckfield, TN22 1AS, Tel: 01825 760 019
1, The Labyrinth, 7 Mark Lane, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 4RJ
Usually open Mon-Fri, 10am to 1pm, Tel: 01323 381811
Others ideas to find opportunities
You could also:
- Contact your local village hall, community centre or information centre to find out what’s going on locally where volunteers might be involved.
- Keep an eye on your local paper for volunteering-related events and contact the organisers to see if you can join in as a volunteer.
- Think about what you’d really like to do as a volunteer and approach an organisation in your area of interest to see if you can create that role for yourself!
If you’re helping someone with additional support needs to find a volunteering opportunity, please read our Advice for Support Workers.
If you’re under 18 and would like more advice, see Volunteering for under 18s.