5 ways to be a volunteer hero

Tuesday 23 February 2016
Man wearing Action for Children t-shirt dressed up like a super hero

You don't need loads of spare time to volunteer. Whatever sparks your passion, there's something for you here

Are you looking for ways to make a difference in your local community? Find out how you can help children in need by becoming an Action for Children volunteer.

1. Create a volunteering account

To get signed up, you'll need to find a volunteering opportunity first. Search our volunteering database to find the right role then just follow the instructions to create your own account in minutes.

Once signed up, you'll be able to:

  • Keep up to date with the latest news, through our Volunteers in Action magazine.
  • Read the volunteer handbook and volunteer agreement to refresh your knowledge about our procedures.
  • Log your volunteering hours and print off your own volunteering hours reports (great if you need evidence for a course placement).
  • Print a calendar of your upcoming volunteering activities and get reminders of when you’re next due to volunteer.
  • Find other Action for Children volunteering activities taking place locally.

2. Help out at your local children's centre

From help with social media to assisting at stay-and-play sessions, our 200 children's centres across the UK need a bit of extra help with everyday tasks.

Find out what services and support groups are in your area and get involved. Volunteers can make a huge difference to services, whatever your skills.

3. Become a mentor

Our mentors are also known as Independent Visitors. You could help guide, advise, listen to and befriend young people in care, sharing their experience as well as trying new activities and spending quality time together.

Making a positive difference to the life of a vulnerable child or young person is an amazing feeling, but by volunteering as a mentor you'll also:

  • Make new friends and have unforgettable experiences.
  • Take part in ongoing training, and gain accreditation which could help your future career.
  • Attend regular support meetings with your volunteer coordinator.
  • Have all of your expenses covered.
  • Be able to easily fit mentoring around your other commitments.

4. Join an Action Squad

As a member of one of our Action Squads, we’ll help you organise your own events. You’ll also have the chance to be involved in big Action for Children events like Secret Santa. 

Your group will get to volunteer at national events like the London Marathon and Great North Run, give talks about our work, and support our campaigns.

Lots of Action Squads hold activities throughout the year, too. Raffles, quiz nights, bake sales – you can do all sorts to raise money for us. We’re sure that you’ve got lots of fantastic ideas as well.

What you’ll get:

  • Personalised support from your local area fundraiser.
  • The chance to link up with other Action Squads via our private Facebook group.
  • Campaigning and volunteering opportunities.

5. Keep an eye out for opportunities

We have lots of different roles at Action for Children, and are always updating what's on offer. Whether you want to provide one-off support at our fundraising events, regular frontline volunteering at a children's centre or assisting with behind the scenes business support, know that you'll be contributing to provide safe and happy childhoods across the UK.