There are thousands of projects across the UK looking for people to help them out.
It doesn't matter what skills you have, everybody has something they can give. Being a volunteer looks great on your CV and can help to build your confidence. If you've got a clear idea about the type of career you want, volunteering is also a great way to get the extra experience to give you the edge at a job interview or in your studies.
Volunteering allows you to make a difference to your future, to things you care about, and to others in your community.
There are lots of volunteering opportunities available that might be relevant to your future career plans. For example, you might want to:
- help out at your local leisure centre during the summer holidays as a play scheme supervisor
- be a conservation volunteer at a nearby park or National Trust site
- volunteer at local festivals, sporting events and exhibitions
- become a mentor to other young people
- volunteer at one of Wirral’s youth hubs
Find out more about local and national opportunities:
Local sports opportunities
The Merseyside Sports Partnership has a wide range of opportunities available – from coaching to administration, fundraising and events.
National Governing Bodies
If you're interested in volunteering in a particular sport, you could contact the National Governing Body for that sport, who will have great links with clubs in your area. Explain that you're a young person looking to volunteer and that you'd like their help to find a local club who may be looking for volunteers. Alternatively, you can search the club database yourself to see if individual clubs have a volunteer coordinator listed who you could contact directly.
If you like being out in the fresh air and are interested in wildlife and conservation, the Wirral Rangers Service may have volunteering opportunities for you across Wirral.
Volunteers with the Rangers Service are involved in helping the Rangers with their daily work, which includes a variety of tasks such as:
- repairs and routine maintenance
- scrub clearance
- supporting rangers in delivering educational work
- clearing litter
If you're not afraid of hard work and getting your hands dirty, volunteering with the Rangers Service could be just the thing to help you fill your spare time and meet others who share the same interests as you. It's also a great starting point if you've got a longer term plan to find a job in conservation.
Spring through to Autumn are the times of year when there will be most need for volunteers, so it could be a great way for you to spend your Easter and Summer holidays. There are also a smaller number of opportunities through the winter.
Please visit the Country Park pages of the Wirral Council website for more information.
To apply, please email Wirral Ranger Service. Alternatively you can call 0151 648 4371 or 648 3884.
To help you stand out from the crowd, be sure to include the following information:
- your name, age and the number you can be contacted on
- a bit of info about yourself, such as your hobbies and interests
- why you're considering being a volunteer
The Head Ranger will then get back in touch to assess your suitability for volunteering and discuss the next steps.
The Rangers Service will accept applications from young people aged 13 and over.