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Volunteer to help children

Our amazing volunteers are integral to what what we do. They run our shops, keep campaigns in the public eye and mentor some of the truly amazing young people that we work with.

Any time you give will make a huge difference. Whatever your commitment, you will be joining an incredible community of volunteers focused on making real, positive impact for young people, creating a society that is built for all children.


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Make a difference

Volunteering is a great way to learn new skills, gain meaningful experience, and make a real difference to the lives of young people.

Volunteering is the most fun way I can help children

Retail volunteers help run our shops across the country. Service volunteers directly support thousands of young people to be safer, happier and heard. Office volunteers work behind the scenes on campaigns and fundraising.

Our amazing movement of over 5,000 community volunteers hold events, deliver talks, coordinate donations, influence decision-makers and encourage local people to take action for children. Every act, however small, can make a big difference.

Take action for children's futures.

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Volunteer roles

Whether you want to shout about our work in the community or volunteer in our charity shops, we have roles for all skills and interests. 

well-being volunteer experience

Fatima, well-being volunteer

Fatima is a well-being volunteer at our drop-in mental health services. She started volunteering two years ago.

'I walked past Pause quite a few times and was just curious. When I found out more about the service and the role it seemed like a solid cause.

My role mostly involves listening and hearing young people out on whatever it is they want to talk about. Then, we figure out the next best steps together – working out what might help them feel better and signposting them to places that can provide what they need.

I also speak to schools and the general public about why mental health matters.'

Stories from other volunteers

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Our commitment to diversity and inclusion

We encourage volunteer applications from people from all backgrounds and we celebrate the strength this brings to our movement. We embrace all identities, beliefs and cultures of our volunteers, staff and supporters, as well as the children, young people and families we support.

Volunteers are always welcomed based on their capability to do a role rather than on their personal characteristics. We will always make reasonable adjustments to make our volunteer roles as accessible as possible and encourage feedback from our volunteers on any barriers that they may identify.

We provide a fair and open environment for all volunteers to contribute and participate. Where possible we look to go beyond this to provide best practice. However, if you ever feel we could do better in welcoming people from all backgrounds, please let us know.

It is expected that all volunteers will play their part in following these commitments and to treat everyone they come into contact with as part of their role with dignity and respect. We have a zero tolerance policy on any form of discrimination aimed at volunteers, staff or the children and young people that we work with.