Learning and volunteering

What is volunteering?

Volunteering is spending your time doing something to benefit other people and/or the environment. Volunteering can be a formal arrangement with the local charity, e.g. volunteering 8 hours a week with a helpline, or it can be a more informal arrangement which you might not realise is volunteering, e.g. dropping into an elderly neighbour once a week to check if they need any shopping. Volunteering is a something that you are free to decide to do or not.

Volunteering helps other people but it can also help you! 

Volunteering can help you:

  • meet new people
  • develop new skills 
  • try out new activities
  • have a positive impact on your health and wellbeing 
  • boost your confidence. 

Volunteering can help you move towards employment as you gain experience that can be transferable to the workplace. It can also be an opportunity to try something different.

You can find information about the health benefits of volunteering on the NHS choices website, which includes research findings about the impact on depression and isolation.

How can I get started?  

Many different groups, charities and services benefit from the help of volunteers who come from all walks of life and have a huge range of skills and experience to offer. 
 
Volunteering Kingston can help you find a volunteering opportunity that will really make a difference to your community and will be something you love doing. 
 
Visit the Volunteering Kingston website where you can register as a volunteer and search the diverse volunteering opportunities available in Kingston; Or visit one of the drop in sessions listed below:
 
  • Every 1st Thursday of the month – Kingston Library 11 – 13
  • Every 2nd Tuesday of the month – New Malden Library 2 – 4  
  • Every 3rd Friday of the month – Hook Library 11 – 13
  • Every 4th Wednesday of the month – Tolworth Library 1 – 3

You can check our Events Page to see when the next drop-in session is. There is no need to book just turn up and look for the Volunteering Kingston Banner.