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Full-time volunteering is a unique opportunity for people aged between 18 and 35 to undertake the challenge of living away from home for 6-12 months while taking part in a worthwhile programme to support disadvantaged people and communities. Our full-time volunteering programme is an opportunity to develop skills, improve self-confidence, meet new people and change lives.


“Deciding to volunteer is one of the best decisions I have made. It has given me the chance to give something back to the community whilst gaining valuable career experience” – Tina

Why volunteer full time?

  • Need skills and experience?
  • Want a CV that stands out from the crowd?
  • Looking for a gap year with a difference?
  • Want to do something that makes a difference to people’s lives?

If so, then Full-Time Volunteering with Volunteering Matters could be for you!

What will I be doing?

You could be volunteering with people with physical disabilities, learning disabilities or mental health issues, older people, homeless people, families, children or young people. We work with a range of partners including schools, universities, social services departments, homeless hostels and other charities.

You could be carrying out a wide range of activities including:

  • Befriending and supporting
  • Acting as a mentor or role model
  • Enabling access to social and leisure activities
  • Helping with personal care
  • Assisting with domestic tasks such as shopping, cooking or cleaning

Why become a Full Time Volunteer?

Full-Time Volunteering could help you:

  • Gain valuable work experience and skills
  • Take a constructive gap year
  • Improve self confidence and independence
  • Meet new people
  • Make a difference and give something back

Full-Time Volunteering is an excellent way of gaining recognised work experience for a variety of careers including social work, social care, nursing, medicine, teaching, youth work and psychology.

Who can volunteer?

No previous experience or specific qualifications are required

You need to be:

  • Able to commit for 6-12 months for 35-40 hours a week
  • Aged between 18 – 35
  • Able to move away from home and be placed anywhere in the UK
  • Willing to be matched to a project where your help is most needed
  • Able to provide two suitable references
  • A UK, EU or EEA national and resident in the UK (If you are not a UK or EU/EEA national living in the UK, please contact us for more information)

What do you receive?

Our volunteers receive:

  • Free accommodation
  • Subsistence to cover food and day to day expenses
  • Travel expenses to and from your project
  • Return travel home every four months
  • Support and relevant training
  • Certificate and reference

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Case Studies

Our full-time volunteering project has been running since Volunteering Matters first began as CSV. Click to read how our volunteers have been changing others lives, as well as their own.

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Apply now

If you want to volunteer in the UK for 6-12 months, visit somewhere near, make new friends all while giving back and doing something great, then get started today!