What is volunteering? 

Volunteering is when someone spends unpaid time doing something to benefit others. Volunteering can be formal and organised by organisations, or informal within communities. It should always be a free choice made by the person giving their time. 

What are the benefits of volunteering? 

Volunteering has many benefits, including gaining experience relevant to employment or education, learning new skills, improved physical and mental health, making friends, and giving back to the community. Whatever your reason, we can help you find the right volunteering opportunity for you. 

If you want to get into volunteering but don’t know where to start or don’t know anything about volunteering at all, then we are the place for you.   We are here to help anyone in Barnsley who is looking to volunteer find the right role for them.  We can provide friendly advice and guidance on where to start and what organisations are looking for some extra help that may suit your skills and abilities.

If you would like to volunteer sign up here.

We can offer one to one appointments, face to face, on the phone over email or via Zoom to discuss what you would like to do in more detail.  If you would like a chat with us, you can get in contact via phone on 01226 812183 or email - [email protected]

To discuss how volunteering can work for you, come along to one of our Volunteer Drop Ins at our offices at 23 Queens Road, Barnsley, S71 1AN. 

Upcoming dates: 

  • Tuesday 21st May 11:00 – 13:00 
  • Wednesday 19th June 11:00 – 13:00  

We work with a wide range of charities, groups and organisations in Barnsley who are looking for volunteers, so can always find something that you may be interested in.


If you want to find out what roles are out there now, you can head to our search page where you can see some of the latest roles and set up an account to apply for them directly. 


You can also sign up to our monthly volunteering newsletter, that has lots of information about what is happening in the community, which we will email to you every month.


There may not be any suitable roles now, as  new volunteering roles come up all the time, so keep checking back to see any new roles!


Volunteering is always your choice, and we always recommend doing something you are interested in.  Even if it is volunteering in a role that is to do with your hobbies, say coaching football skills to asylum seekers or refuges or teaching adults with learning disabilities to juggle, there is always skills that you can relate to other parts of your life or career.


Volunteering is something you do for free, by giving up your time.  It could be just an hour a week to check a local charities website or a full day helping at local event.  Volunteering varies from place to place, and you can give as little or as much time you can.