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What opportunities are there?

There are opportunities for everyone and you should be able to find something to match your interests, for example; sport, art, finance, mental health, research, teaching, campaigning or legal aid and justice, to name but a few. Some agencies have opportunities in a variety of sectors whereas others are more specific. In either case volunteers can be accommodated and you need to choose which project will allow you to make a difference.

The voluntary field is also known as the third sector and working for a not for profit organisation can be a very rewarding career choice. Charity work offers a chance to be employed in a vibrant, growing sector with a steady increase of jobs available each year. When looking for opportunities you could investigate locally, nationally or look further and consider volunteering abroad. When considering the long term there are graduate positions available and paid roles as charities are keen to recruit strong, passionate candidates.

Volunteering opportunities advertised to The Careers Centre in the last two weeks

The listings below show the latest (maximum) 50 jobs placed with The Careers Centre. Click on a job title link to go to the full listing in My Jobs Online where you can view further details and apply for the job. Once you've logged in to My Jobs Online, you'll also be able to view all vacancies (i.e. not just the most recently placed ones).

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Volunteer/ Intern (P/T) - DofE South East Region - The Duke of Edinburgh's Award - South East Region
Details: The successful candidate will support the Region in their quality assurance and development of Licensed Organisations. They will have the opportunity to gain valuable experience within a well known charity. The position is based at our offices in Windsor - hours and days are flexible. For [...] View full details »
Student Ambassador - TEACH - Time to Empower Africa's Children
Details: Attention Students! This is your time to shine!  TEACH are looking for bright, sociable and results driven students from universities across the UK. Could you be one of them? TEACH – Time to Empower Africa’s Children is a dynamic, frontline charity working to alleviate poverty through the [...] View full details »
MoonWalk London - Walk the Walk
Details:   Enjoy a night doing something new, meet like-minded people and make new friends! We need masses of volunteers at The MoonWalk London 2014 on 10th - 11th May to support over 17,000 Walkers taking part in a Marathon or Half Marathon challenge in their fantastically decorated bras! Help us [...] View full details »
Graphic Design intern - TEACH - Time to Empower Africa's Children
Details: TEACH is a charity run by young people, for young people! We work with communities in Ghana and Tanzania, creating sustainable, self-sufficient and empowered individuals and businesses. We have a 3-6 month graphic designer internship opportunity available to students who would be [...] View full details »
International Citizen Service (ICS) Selector - Lattitude Global Volunteering
Details: The role of the ICS Selector is to work as a part of a team on the Assessment Day, to assess and select/reject candidates against ICS dimensions.  It is a long and at times a tiring day. An essential quality for all Selectors is stamina and an ability to “stay with it” to the conclusion.  [...] View full details »
Programme Coordinator - The Africaid Trust - WhizzKids United
Details: Organisation The Africaid Trust is a registered NGO in South Africa. It runs the award winning WhizzKids United (WKU) programme which provides adolescent health services and uses the power of football to deliver youth empowerment and educational progammes. Date This post will start on 1 [...] View full details »
Corps member London (11 months) - City Year UK
Details: Corps members are required to volunteer full time, Mondays to Fridays for a year. Mondays to Thursdays corps members are based in school, and on Fridays they benefit from our Leadership Development Programme. At school you will work with children and young people by: Becoming a role model [...] View full details »
Corps member Birmingham (11 months) - City Year UK
Details: Corps members are required to volunteer full time, Mondays to Fridays for a year. Mondays to Thursdays corps members are based in school, and on Fridays they benefit from our Leadership Development Programme. At school you will work with children and young people by: Becoming a role model [...] View full details »
Team Member or Team leader - Lattitude Global Volunteering
Details: Lattitude Global Volunteering Lattitude Global Volunteering is a youth development charity that specialises in overseas volunteering placements. Since 1972, Lattitude Global Volunteering has sent over 40,000 young people to volunteer in over 17 countries around the world, where they’ve had [...] View full details »
SEO Officer / Internship - Lifetime Learning
Details: Lifetime Learning is a charity that provides IT training to disadvantaged people. We strive for the fulfilment of education by organising programmes in primary and secondary schools and local communities. We provide free Microsoft Office, WordPress and e-commerce website training courses [...] View full details »
Joomla and/or WordPress Trainer - Lifetime Learning
Details: Lifetime Learning is a charity that provides IT training to disadvantaged people. We strive for the fulfilment of education by organising programmes in primary and secondary schools and local communities. We provide free Microsoft Office, WordPress and e-commerce website training courses [...] View full details »
MS Office Trainer - Lifetime Learning
Details: Lifetime Learning is a charity that provides IT training to disadvantaged people. We strive for the fulfilment of education by organising programmes in primary and secondary schools and local communities. We provide free Microsoft Office, WordPress and e-commerce website training courses [...] View full details »
Bid Writer / Fundraising Officer - Lifetime Learning
Details: Lifetime Learning is a charity that provides IT training to disadvantaged people. We strive for the fulfilment of education by organising programmes in primary and secondary schools and local communities. We provide free Microsoft Office, WordPress and e-commerce website training courses [...] View full details »
E-commerce Website Trainer - Lifetime Learning
Details: Lifetime Learning is a charity that provides IT training to disadvantaged people. We strive for the fulfilment of education by organising programmes in primary and secondary schools and local communities. We provide free Microsoft Office, WordPress and e-commerce website training courses [...] View full details »
Event Planner - Lifetime Learning
Details: Lifetime Learning is a charity that provides IT training to disadvantaged people. We strive for the fulfilment of education by organising programmes in primary and secondary schools and local communities. We provide free Microsoft Office, WordPress and e-commerce website training courses [...] View full details »
B2B Sales role - Lifetime Learning
Details: Lifetime Learning is a charity that provides IT training to disadvantaged people. We strive for the fulfilment of education by organising programmes in primary and secondary schools and local communities. We provide free Microsoft Office, WordPress and e-commerce website training courses [...] View full details »
Helpline Volunteer - Trust House Reading
Details: We urgently need volunteers for our helpline. Volunteers will provide emotional support for survivors of rape or sexual abuse, take referrals for our counselling service and provide information about the centre and its range of services.  You will be provided with on-going, specialist [...] View full details »
Operation Wallacea Publicity Agent (Postgraduate position) - Operation Wallacea
Details: Duties:    To put up posters advertising the Operation Wallacea presentation around all relevant departments in the University approximately 2 weeks in advance of the presentation. Operation Wallacea will provide the posters.To check weekly before the presentation that posters are still [...] View full details »
Circle Member/Mentor - Circles South East
Details: A sex offender moves into your community. What do you do? Research shows us that our approach is hugely effective in reducing the likelihood of a person re offending. Our goal is 'No More Victims'. Our project has been running for 11 years and evaluation surveys have shown significant [...] View full details »
Me2 Volunteer - Me2 Club
Details: Me2 volunteers are matched with a child with additional needs. They work 1:1 with that child each week at a mainstream activity, supporting them to join in and fully enjoy the group. This support could be anything from helping them communicate, building confidence or supporting them with [...] View full details »

Older vacancies and full event details can be found at https://reading.targetconnect.net

Places to look for national voluntary work

  • www.csv.org.uk is one of the largest volunteering providers, whose vision is to enrich lives and tackle real need. They place over 150 000 volunteers each year in top quality community projects
  • www.volunteering.org.uk a network of organisations across England
  • http://jobs.thirdsector.co.uk/ charity jobs across England, including paid and graduate work
  • http://vinspired.com/ connects 16 – 25 year olds with volunteering opportunities across England
  • www.do-it.org.uk/ a search engine of roles covering voluntary sectors

Local volunteering work around Reading

International volunteer programmes

You could volunteer abroad or combine it with travelling, the possibilities are endless once you research the roles out there. There are opportunities to teach, undertake conservation work, construction, cultural exchanges or work with animals. Sometimes organisations tailor their voluntary work to people taking a year out whilst others offer involvement for people who do not have that amount of time or who just want to work for a season. Terms and conditions vary as some organisations will charge including travel expenses and others will ask for a joining fee. Be thorough when exploring the possibilities.

You could also visit the The Careers Centre resource area or speak to your Placement and Development Officer to find out more.

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