DofE Volunteering

Never volunteered before? Don’t worry – your Students’ Union can provide lots of ideas, help and support to get you started, and to make sure you can complete this section of the Award.

Volunteering is simple. It’s about choosing to give time to help people, the community or society, the environment or animals.

Your volunteering must not be done for a business but can be undertaken for a charity or not-for-profit organisation. Where your volunteering is in support of surplus generating work, for example a charity shop, then some Local Authorities may require a work permit. The charity you are volunteering with should be aware of this and support you as required.

For your volunteering activity you need to choose to give time to do something useful without getting paid (apart from expenses).

Volunteering Opportunities

Here at your Students’ Union we provide lots of different volunteering opportunities which you could get involved in as part of your Gold DofE Award. Please see our volunteering opportunities webpage to find out more. 

Don’t forget to log your volunteering roles, hours and related Employability Skills on your Skills Log


Employability Skills

Don’t forget to log your Employability skills on the Skills Log from taking part in this opportunity!
Commercial Awareness – in order to effectively dedicate your time to helping out a charity or organisation you are demonstrating that you have a knowledge of the work they do.