Community action and raising awareness

Do you have a passion for a particular cause?  Want to see things improve in your local community?  Want to make a difference?  This could be the volunteering category for you!

The possibilities are endless and you should find a community group or cause you’d like to support.  You should develop a programme which is interesting, relevant to you and will make a difference.  Along the way you’ll have fun, make friends, learn new skills – or even share your own skills with others!

Here are just a few ideas of the sort of things you could do to get you started:


  • Start a recycling and carbon-neutral project at your school
  • Run a crime prevent project in your youth group with the police
  • Get 1,000 signatories to an online anti-poverty campaign

Promotion and PR

  • Present a regular radio show in your local hospital on current affairs
  • Act as a public speaker for a charity
  • Write articles or your local paper on positive work young people are doing in your area

Cyber safety

  • Make a video on the importance of cyber safety for your school or group website
  • Run a project on social networking safety for 10-14 year olds
  • Design, produce and distribute a leaflet on keeping safe online

Peer education

  • Raise awareness about drug and alcohol safety at your youth club
  • Help run a life skills course for young people with special needs
  • Help new arrivals at your school learn English as a second language 

Council representation 

  • Become an Advisor for Girlguiding UK
  • Join your school council as a class rep
  • Stand for the UK youth parliament

Remember, these are just a few ideas. Chat to your Leader, family, friends and people who’ve already achieved an Award to see what they’ve done and what opportunities are available in your local area.

Don’t forget to check with your Leader that what you choose to do meets the DofE’s requirements for this section and your level.

Raise your voice
Download a useful guide to the Raise your Voice campaign for advocacy and campaigning here.

Volunteering categories

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