Why volunteer

"Volunteering makes me feel needed, given me a purpose and made me feel part of a team."

Make a difference to YOUR life and to OTHERS!

Volunteering can be exciting, challenging and rewarding. It benefits you and the individuals or the group you are helping. Groups rely on volunteers, so you can make a BIG difference to your community!

Do you enjoy meeting people?

Are you looking for a change of direction?

Have you thought about volunteering?


  • improves your self-confidence, wellbeing and self-esteem;
  • helps you meet new people and make new friends;
  • helps you to become an active member of your community;
  • can introduce you to new challenges and learn new skills;
  • values and uses your existing knowledge and expertise;
  • can lead you to a new career path and improves your CV if job hunting.

“Volunteering makes me feel needed, given me a purpose and made me feel part of a team.”

Opportunities include:

  • Befriending/ mentoring;
  • Supporting young or older people;
  • Retail in a charity shop;
  • Supporting people with special needs;
  • Driving;
  • Drug and alcohol support projects;
  • Environmental and conservation;
  • Trustee roles and much more!

Volunteering facts

  • Over a third (36%) of people volunteered formally (i.e. with a group, club or organisation) at least once in 2018/19. This gives an estimate of 19.4 million people who formally volunteered during that year;
  • Over one in five (22%) people formally volunteered regularly (at least once a month) in that year (11.9 million people);
  •  In 2018/19, 52% of people informally volunteered at least once, and 26% of people took part in informal volunteering regularly.

For more statistics, read more here

Contact us

For further details contact BAVO, T: 01656 810400 or E: volunteering@bavo.org.uk

Volunteering e-bulletins

Our Volunteer Team helps local organisations be the best they can be through giving best practice guidance on volunteer recruitment and management, supervision, training, engagement and retention. Our regular volunteering e-bulletins are full of the latest volunteering opportunities and also provides a snapshot of opportunities for individuals.

Read our latest volunteering e-bulletin here…

BAVO volunteering e-bulletin – 22 February 2021

Latest volunteering news

Catch up with our latest volunteering news by visiting our news page here

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  • Welsh Government
  • Investing in Volunteers
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  • Healthy Working Wales Gold
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  • Cynnig Cymraeg
  • Cultural Competence Silver Award