Volunteer with us to help make a difference in your community.

You can gain so much by volunteering as a young person by..

  • Meeting new people and making new friends
  • Making a difference to a cause, individuals or an organisation that you are passionate about
  • Gaining new skills
  • Boosting your CV and UCAS applications

No matter how much time you have or whatever your experience, there’s a role to suit everyone.

Youth Volunteering Panel

In Spring 2021, VAL set up a youth panel consisting of 12 young people. This panel was established to increase young people into volunteering and support community groups to recruit. The group lasted for one year, it was a short pilot to scope out what works and what doesn’t.

VAL Youth Volunteering Project celebrates after receiving £10,000 in National Lottery funding.

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View some of our Youth Volunteering opportunities which we have online here

  • Promotion and Marketing Assistant - African Caribbean Centre

    Are you interested in Volunteering and helping people? Do you have good listening skills? We are looking for a Promotion and Marketing Assistant:

    We are looking for warm and friendly volunteers at the African Heritage Alliance (AHA) in Leicester to help promote and organise events.
    Find out more 

  • Youth Team Helpers and Leaders - St. John Ambulance Leicester

    Leaders and Helpers are needed across Leicestershire & Rutland to help with running our weekly St John Cadet or Badger sessions.

    We are looking for new adult volunteer Youth Team Leaders and Helpers across Leicestershire & Rutland to assist with running weekly St John Ambulance Cadet & Badger Units.
    Find out more

  • Youthwork Volunteer - The Cube

    If you’ve got experience working with young people, maybe you’ve had your own children or want to get experience before going into a career with young people then this could be a great opportunity for you.

    The Cube is a fantastic, purpose built space next to Symingtons Rec in Market Harborough. It’s a Youth Centre with a difference.
    Find out more

  • Community Fridge Volunteer - Leicestershire County Council Children and Family Wellbeing Service

    Food waste is a big issue in the UK and beyond. It’s estimated that a third of all food gets wasted. Most of this is avoidable and could have been eaten had it been better managed.

    The Community Fridges help to cut food waste, build stronger bonds within the community and redistribute good quality food. We are looking for volunteers to help run the Community Fridge, collect donations and promote the community fridge.
    Find out more

  • Home Library Service volunteer – Oadby and Wigston

    Make a REAL difference in someone’s life We’re looking for friendly Library Home Service volunteers who can choose and select books from the library.

    We’re looking for friendly volunteers who can deliver books to people’s homes who are unable to access our Libraries.
    Find out more


Find out more about youth volunteering opportunities and start your search to find the ideal volunteering role for you.

Click here to view all our Volunteering opportunities

Youth Volunteering Events

Youth Volunteer Fair (online) 26th October 2022
The aim of this event was to bring volunteer involving organisations and young people together. Young people were given the opportunity to find out what volunteer opportunities were available and make a direct application to the organisation. (10 people attended)

DMU ‘Why Volunteer’ events 18th January 2023 & 28th February 2023
VAL delivered some ‘Why Volunteer’ workshop sessions for De Montfort University students in January and February 2023. These events aimed to get young people to think about the benefits of volunteering, not only in relation to CV building, but also to strengthen their personal development skills and improve their mental health. 60 students attended and were offered support to explore volunteering.

Youth volunteer promotion session at Leicester Grammar school 28th April 2023
This event aimed to encourage Sixth Form students to register with the VAL Volunteering website and to begin their journey of volunteering. Students were also given details of local organisations that were looking to recruit young volunteers. 50 students attended the session to look into volunteer opportunities.

Online youth volunteer network meeting 20th June 2023
This event was aimed at groups and organisations that actively want to recruit young people as volunteers. It was then followed by a pilot bespoke volunteer matching service during August and September 2023 where VAL staff offered extra support to young people to get them into volunteering. This would include making personal introductions to the organisations and arranging the meetings if the young people requested that. The matching service was offered to all young people (age under 25) registered on the VAL Volunteering website. Ten young people requested support and three of those went on to volunteer. (12 organisations attended)


Microvolunteering enables people to offer their time in small chunks. Volunteers can manage how often they take part in micro volunteering activities, and can fit them flexibly around other commitments.

Find out more and view our list of volunteering opportunities here.

Calling all young voices!
Are you under 25 and have thoughts on the services you use?

Join Young Healthwatch and make your voice heard! Stay informed about local health and social care happenings and have a say in shaping your community’s services. Your opinion matters – join us today! – Find out more here or email: dulna.s@healthwatchLL.com

Youth Volunteering Panel – Anna

Anna heard about youth volunteering through her university (Univeristy of Leicester) via the student support in her second year who told her to look online and sign up to volunteering on our VAL website.

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Youth Volunteering Panel – Ayesha

Ayesha heard about youth volunteering through the VAL website, she wanted to do volunteering with likeminded young people and thought this was a good opportunity especially as there was limited opportunities for young people.

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