Volunteer Community Service

Volunteer community service has been an integral part of the running of a stable society. It gives government councils a chance to operate a free service relieving tax payers to a certain extent of the burden of having to pay increased tax rates.

People can apply as a volunteer community service helper for projects that are of interest to them. This benefits both the community scheme and the volunteer, if the unpaid helper feels they have the right skills and experience to make a valid contribution.

Who do the projects benefit?

The assumption could be made that he main beneficiary is the government. This couldn’t be further from the truth and people may not wish to offer their services if it was just solely the government that proffers from these ventures.


The whole community can reap the rewards for the work put in by volunteers who wish to maintain or improve their areas standard of living. Schools are renewed, old buildings revamped, homeless people are fed, parks are cleaned and re landscaped. The people that are helped via volunteer community service are who benefit from these projects.

What type of voluntary community service work is out there?

The government spectrum of jobs where volunteers are required stretches a long way. There are also many charities that operate in local areas supported by the government.

 

  • Child protection programs
  • Drug Awareness
  • Neighbourhood watch
  • Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB)
  • Help the homeless
  • Community Police Officer
  • Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA)

How to get voluntary community service work

Voluntary community service does not have to be direct work with the government as there are many charities in nearly every area that are indirectly involved through the government. This means any voluntary community service undertaken by a volunteer counts as valid assistance.


Agencies and government offices have websites where they will advertise voluntary positions available and sometimes even up and coming projects where volunteers are required. Local community centres also have work on their job boards as well as word of mouth through community events.


Churches and the CAB (Citizens Advice Bureau) have a wealth of information as well as leaflets that can point you in the right direction.


Beware that some voluntary work still requires a back ground check to ensure you have the correct characteristics required for the role. Work with children is especially delicate and every worker is expected to produce an Enhanced Discloser criminal background certificate which can be obtained from any local police station for about £10.  


Voluntary community service benefits the local community greatly. Without this type of work the local council would be pushed to maintain the communities balance. The jobs cover many skill sets and are easy to find. The best place to seek out positions is to look at your local government’s website for voluntary listings. Also, check out any charity shops in the area such as Oxfam who also have connections with voluntary programs within the area.