Helping people

Do want to help other people? Whether it’s children, older people, someone who may not be as fortunate as you or suffering in some way – this is your chance!

The possibilities are endless and you should find a person, people or group local to you who’d like your help. You should develop a programme which is interesting, relevant to you and will make a difference to the people you’re helping. 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:

Helping older people

  • Visit and entertain older people at a residential home
  • Deliver meals on wheels with your local WRVS
  • Run a ‘silver surfers club’ teaching older people about IT and help them get online

Helping children

  • Be a hospital visitor on a children’s ward
  • Help run a Brownie/Cubs group
  • Be part of a reading programme at a local primary school

Helping people in need

  • Volunteer at a refugee centre
  • Staff your university Nightline
  • Help out at an evening drop-in centre for homeless people

Helping people with special needs

  • Assist with Riding for the Disabled
  • Support swimming lessons for your local disabled people’s club

Youth work

  • Help run a weekly youth club for 13 year-olds
  • Be a DJ in your local youth club
  • Help your leader develop games and inductions for new people to your youth club

Download a flyer promoting volunteering with the NHS: DofE NHS volunteering

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.

Volunteering categories

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