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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

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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.

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Volunteer in the community

become a campaign champion

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Volunteer Campaign Champion

Whether helping care leavers be exempt from council tax or making sure families get support in a crisis, Campaign Champions have and continue to play a vital part in improving the lives of young people.

They meet local decision makers, shout about our campaigns and make sure young people's issues are being talked about.

As a Campaign Champion, you'll do whatever you can to elevate the voices of young people in your area. You might visit local decision makers or organise events to spread the word. You'll be provided with all the training, connections and support you need to help us make real change.

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Volunteer with children and young people

  • Time: Varied dependent on role (approx. two hours per week)
  • Skills: Good communication, empathetic, reliable

Want to work directly with young people? By volunteering in our services, you will build meaningful relationships and make a real difference to young lives. 

For young people to get the most from these roles, we just ask you make a regular time commitment for a set period of time. 

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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

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.

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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.

Younger Retail volunteers
We encourage applications for volunteering in our shops from anyone aged 14 or over. Unfortunately, we're not currently able to take applications from under 18s through our online form. If you're aged 14-17 and would like to find out more about volunteering, please find your nearest shop online and give them a ring or pop in to speak to the manager.
Young Speakers
Our Volunteer Speaker role is currently 18+ but we’re working on adapting this role for younger volunteers and we hope to be taking applications soon. We will update this page when this role is available.

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When you apply for this role, we will ask for at least two references covering at least two years if you are over 18.

You will be invited to attend an informal interview or discussion about the role, either in person or on the phone.

If your application is successful, a Volunteer Manager will provide you with additional support.

When you apply for this role, you will be invited to attend an informal discussion about the role, either in person or on the phone.

We take our commitment to keep young people safe very seriously.

If you are applying for any role directly supporting children, we will ask you for references covering at least 5 years. You will be asked to complete a self-disclosure form, work history form and an Enhanced DBS check before you can start volunteering.

After registering your interest, the recruiting manager will be in touch to talk a little bit more about the role.