Six recommended volunteering apps and websites
Find out how you can help your neighbours or support wildlife
If you’ve been umming and ahhing about volunteering because you’re not sure how to get involved, there are loads of volunteering apps and websites which can point you in the right direction. Volunteering not only helps charities and good causes survive, but it can also help you meet new friends, gain confidence and learn new skills.
We’ve compiled a list of some of the volunteering apps and websites which can help you track down the good causes and charities which need your help.
Do-it.org is the UK’s national volunteering database, which lists more than one million volunteering opportunities posted by national and local charities and volunteer centres. Around 200,000 people every month give their time and boost their skills by volunteering through the site. All you need to do is put in your town or postcode, and you’ll be shown a list of volunteering opportunities near you. You then register your interest with those you think you can help with. You can also search for volunteering opportunities via the Do-it app.
Vinspired is a volunteering charity for 14-25 year olds. Since it was founded in 2006 it has created more than one million volunteering roles for young people across the UK. To find a role, you enter your location, along with your age, interests and time commitments, and the site comes up with a list of suggestions. Once you’ve found one you like, you can apply via the site. You’ll need to create an account so you can track your volunteering placements and hours. Vinspired is also available as an app.
The website of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) enables you to search for your local accredited Volunteer Centre. These centres can help you find volunteering opportunities in your local area by finding out what you want to do and trying to match you with a suitable role.
Be My Eyes
Be My Eyes is an app that links volunteer sighted helpers with blind and visually impaired people who need assistance. So, for example, say someone with limited sight needs help with the directions for something they are using but can’t read them. They’d request assistance on the app and if you’ve signed up as volunteer, you’ll receive a notification that someone needs help. A live video link is established so that you can read the instructions to the blind person, or help them with anything else they might need.
The neighbourly.com website can help you find projects in your area which are looking for volunteers, from litter-collecting in local parks to arranging street parties. To get started you need to create a free account and you can then see which charities and causes need help from local volunteers.
If you’re passionate about wildlife, wildlifevolunteer.com, which is also available as an app, enables you to search for volunteer projects across the world involving wildlife sanctuaries, parks, reserves and rehabilitation centres which are all committed to the conservation of endangered species. You will have to pay to join these projects, but funds received are used to help pay for local staff and cover medicine and transport costs.
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