Volunteer from home

Volunteer from home

There are many ways to volunteer and volunteering from home is a great way to get involved.  It can fit in perfectly with your availability and you can take opportunities that suit your skills set – all from the comfort of your home. Volunteering in this way gives you the choice of deciding whether you work independently or as part of a team, so why not have a go? 

Not all home volunteering is online - you might like to write letters, stuff envelopes, knit, look after animals, or use the phone to offer help, support and friendship.

Here are a few examples of volunteering from home:

Looking after Guide Dogs 
Guide Dogs for the Blind are looking for volunteers for a number of different roles, including puppy walkers, boarders and looking after guide dog puppies.  If you are interested, you can find out more here.  

Grant Researchers
With charities and voluntary organisations constantly looking for new sources of funding to sustain the valuable work that they do, there are many opportunities for fundraisers. While you may not have the skills to write funding applications, you may be great at researching and sourcing funding streams. There are more and more grant researchers being advertised as home based volunteering roles.

Helplines/Advice/Advocacy Line 
Charities understand the need for flexibility and are adapting current working practices to ensure that volunteer opportunities are accessible to all. There are now lots of opportunities to work on help and advice lines from home. Charities provide the necessary equipment and you choose the shift that suits you. If you don’t mind talking on the phone and are willing to undertake some training to do the role, this might be the type of role for you.

Skilled help
Organisations may require the help of a skilled person such as a graphic designer to create a leaflet, or an administrator, website designer or a book keeper, who would be able to volunteer from home, but still offer their services. More here

Knitting
If you’re crafty, you could knit clothes for premature babies, fiddle mats or blankets. Loving Hands help to coordinate knitting requirements from charities across the country.

Phone Befriending
Help to combat loneliness and isolation by befriending someone. There are a number of organisations who offer this service such as Age UK and The Silver Line