Become a volunteer

Our volunteers are so important in helping us create a society that is built for all children.

By helping raise funds in our charity shops, speaking about our work in the community, or mentoring young people in our services, our volunteers are fighting for this generation of young people and the ones to come. 

Whether you're working behind the scenes or shouting about our work on stage, however much time and energy you can give, it's a big help.

Retail volunteer roles

one of our longest serving volunteers

Retail roles

By volunteering in our shops, you will become part of a committed team, learn valuable skills to stick on the CV and there's even opportunity to get nationally recognised qualifications such as an NVQ or BTEC.

Volunteering has opened so many doors

You don't need any previous experience to volunteer in our shops, but you should be supportive, polite, reliable, punctual and helpful to customers, other volunteers and staff.

Volunteer in the community

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Volunteer with children and young people

If you'd like to volunteer with children and young people, we have opportunities available within our services.

Our roles are dependent on the service but all of them provide direct support to children and young people. Key to the roles are building meaningful relationships, either one on one or in groups.

For young people to benefit from these roles, they require regular commitment for a set period of time. However, each role will differ on the needs of the service. The amount of time you give can be agreed with the service manager.

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Office roles

Occasionally, our office-based teams will recruit volunteers. This is great way to gain work experience in an office environment and gives a good insight into how a charity operates behind the scenes.

These roles vary but you could be helping create training programmes, supporting our media team, or working with the volunteering team in getting more much-needed volunteers.

Find available volunteer office roles

Felix university volunteer

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Felix, Policy and Research volunteer

'I had recently graduated from university and I felt that volunteering would be a really rewarding way to spend my time whilst also gaining important work experience and seeing what a career in public policy would be like.'

As a volunteer you get a real responsibility

'You're given projects of genuine importance to the organisation. You also get great guidance and support and can learn directly from, in my case, policy professionals.'

'My highlight was getting positive feedback on a brief I sent round to the whole organisation on the ways in which Covid-19 has affected TCS staff and services.'

'Volunteering for The Children's Society is a great way to learn important skills whilst also supporting a great cause. Everyone is really friendly, and you’re made to feel a valued member of the team.'

Register interest in volunteering

If any of the roles above interest you then please fill in this form and let us know. We will review your information and get in touch.

Due to Covid-19, we’re currently unable to take any volunteering applications from people aged under 18. We hope that this will change soon and we will update this page when we are able to take these applications again.

V2_Register interest in volunteering
Are you over 18 years old?
Please note, you will need to be at least 14 years old to volunteer with The Children's Society.
Are you enquiring about taking over the role of box coordinator from a previous volunteer within your area?