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Using voluntary work to get ahead in the job market
Using voluntary work to get ahead in the job market

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8 Sources of references

Virtual voluntary work

  • Voluntary Worker: virtual volunteering
  • NABUUR, a comprehensive information site, suggesting a wide range of opportunities. A ‘global neighbour network, but everything done online’.
  • Horsesmouth, an online coaching and mentoring network.
  • what can a virtual volunteer do? A good description of a range of virtual possible activities, from media and publicity, campaigning, information and administration, to pen-pals.
  • Do-it: virtual volunteering. Everything from writing to inmates on Death Row to giving your advice as an eBay expert.

General volunteering information sites (linked to searching actual opportunities)

As above:

  • Do-it
  • Volunteering England
  • Volunteer Scotland
  • Volunteering Wales
  • Volunteer Now (Northern Ireland)

Information centres for Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland

  • Volunteer Centre Network Scotland, the gateway to volunteering opportunities in Scotland.
  • Wales Council for Voluntary Action supports the volunteering and voluntary sector in Wales.
  • Volunteering Wales is an information and brokering service matching volunteers with organisations and groups.
  • Volunteer Development Agency is the centre for Northern Ireland.
  • Volunteer Centres Ireland is the national organisation responsible for developing volunteering in Ireland.

Websites of some of the UK’s largest volunteering and training organisations

  • Community Service Volunteers
  • Rotary International Club (55,000 members in UK)

Local volunteer centres

Find the nearest one to you on Do-it.

Local press, local radio

Find out what’s going on in your area – contact details are usually supplied.

The Open University's resources

The voluntary work section on the OU Careers Advisory Service website.

Your local library

You can often find details of local voluntary agencies, or copies of reference books such as:

  • Voluntary Agencies Directory, published by NCVO.
  • Charity Choice, the ‘encyclopedia of charities’, published by Watermans (and also available online.)
  • Charity Digest, also published by Watermans.