A Volunteer’s User Guide to Do-It  

**Whilst you don’t need to create an account to browse, you will need to do so and be logged in to register for any roles you might find of interest**

How to create an individual account

You will need to sign up as an individual before registering your interest in a role.

Here are the steps:

  1. Go to Do-It https://do-it.org/ and click on Sign Up.
  2. Fill in name, email, password and agree to the terms and conditions.
  3. You will receive an email to verify your account.
  4. Click through the link on the email to verify your account.

Once verified as an individual, you can register for any of the roles you are interested in.

To look for roles

Here are the steps to search for a role:

  1. Click on the start volunteering tab at the top of the page.
  2. Enter your postcode or town into the relevant box and select a distance you are willing to travel from the next dropdown box.
  3. Lastly press submit for a list of opportunities local to you. This will give you everything within the specified distance.
  4. If you know what you’re looking for, enter your postcode or town into the relevant box, select a distance, then click advanced search. This will give you several options. Either search by opportunity/key word (ie photographer), scroll down and submit, or you can choose from the options in the pull down menu.
  5. Once submitted, you will have access to a list relevant to your search.
  6. Once you have found a role you would like to know more about, click on the appropriate red ‘view’ button next to the title of the role.
  7. Have a read through the role and if it is something you would be interested in, click on the red ‘register my interest’ button at the bottom of the role description (you will need to have registered and logged in to apply for a role).

If you have not previously registered on Do-It at this point, you will be asked to create an account.

Once your have registered your interest the charity who are advertising the role will be notified and will respond to you as soon as possible, they may ask for more information about you and why you would like to volunteer.

Download this guide: Volunteers Guide to Using Do-It (word document)

For further information regarding guides on how to use www.do-it.org.uk, please follow this link:

How to search via specific criteria

You’ve gone to Do-it.org to look at the fantastic volunteering opportunities near you. However, you want to search via your age group or other specifics. How do you do this?

  1. Firstly, add your postcode or town and the distance you’re happy to travel, then click Advanced Search. Please click on search boxes to enlarge:

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  2. You will come to the drop down menus to search by interests, activities and skills:do-it2
  3. Click on the last option which will provide a pull down menu to search via volunteering preferences. The options include volunteering for:
    • older people
    • people seeking work
    • 16-17 year olds
    • Family
    • over 18s
    • school students
    • people with restricted mobility
    • under 16s
    • 18-26 year olds
    • employee volunteers
    • people with a visual or hearing impairment
    • university students
    • with friends.

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and submit!

Why should young people volunteer?

volunteerimage3_NaphillGazette_June16Many young people struggle with planning their future with the pressures of society and even close friends and family. With so many jobs requiring skills and experiences that you can’t get without having the job first. Looking into volunteering is a great way to develop your skills and get you the much needed experiences required. Not only is it a great thing to put on your cv but it is also a great way to develop yourself as a person, a safe environment to meet new people grow your confidence and get support to help you grab that next step to your future.

 

One of the best things about volunteering is that it can be flexible work experience to get you ready for the next step. It could be summer work experience, but a lot of these charities would benefit greatly from help from younger volunteers to develop the charity itself, widening its market, developing the creative sides of the charities which they so often lack, and also looking at utilising new technology such as social media.

We really are Growing People too!

Charity: Growing People

Benefits of volunteering:

  • CV development (good to have real work experience on a CV).
  • Developing new skills
  • Meet new people
  • Increases confidence
  • Feel part of something
  • Gain a sense of accomplishment
  • Improves wellbeing and increases happiness
  • Good to get out and make a difference
  • Friendly team to support you to develop
  • Try out the kind of roles you want to do as a future career
  • Your skills will be valued – things like photography, computer skills and social media

Get started:

Specialist Local Charities Helping Young People Volunteer:

OriginalAylesbury Youth Action:

AYA provides opportunities for young people (aged 14 to 24) to volunteer in the community.  The activities are fun and challenging, ranging from projects with children, the elderly and people with disabilities to sports and creative arts and lots in-between.  If we haven’t got a project that interests you, then why not start one! Read more about AYA

Wycombe Youth Action:

Wycombe Youth Action offers support for young people who are not in Education, Employment or Training to gain work experience and skills. We also offer volunteering opportunities on projects or in the form of Work Experience with the WYA team if you are aged 13-19. Read more about WYA

National Initiatives:

Search for volunteer roles on Vinspired:

vInspired is an independent British charity dedicated to helping young people volunteer in their local communities. Search now.

National Citizen Service:

Are you 15-17 years old? NCS organised Summer volunteering projects.  More than 200,000 young people have already taken part in NCS across the UK. Read more about NCS

This article was written by our young volunteer Charlotte, who has just completed her college course, here is what she says about her experience of volunteering:

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