Volunteering for under 16s
The volunteering opportunities on Do-it are posted by many different organisations with individual volunteer policies. Some may not be able to accept volunteers who are under 16. This could be because of issues such as insurance or safeguarding,
Can I apply for opportunities on Do-it if I'm under 16?
You can apply for opportunities on Do-it which do not specify an age range for volunteers and then discuss volunteer policies with the organisation directly.
Are there other ways under 16's can get involved in volunteering?
There are plenty of other places to try – here are a few of our suggestions:
Clubs and other associations
These will often offer the opportunity to get involved in volunteering as well as providing a fantastic chance to make new friends:
This is a fantastic way to volunteer without leaving your house! Lots of organisations use online volunteers in various ways, while games such as Freerice will donate to charities on your behalf while you play. See Help From Home for more examples of virtual volunteering.
Think about how you can get involved in volunteering locally - animal homes and youth groups often need volunteers and may be willing to take on under 16s (especially if accompanied by an adult). Environmental organisations will also often be happy to take family groups as volunteers. Investigate opportunities in your local area or visit your nearest Volunteer Centre.
Many bigger organisations use youth ambassadors to promote their work in schools and colleges. If you would like to get involved with a particular charity, you can always get creative and do some fundraising with your friends or classmates, from sponsored silences to discos, the possibilities are endless....
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