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volunteering as a young person

Volunteering is the perfect way to help your community whilst learning something new, making friends and having fun!

Volunteering is a way you can gain new skills and meet new people in an area you’re passionate about. We’ve got hundreds of roles on offer, covering everything from sports coaching to arts and crafts. Simply use our search tool to find your next volunteering role! Don’t see something you’re looking for? Get in touch. 

Read about what Zak, a young volunteer from Edinburgh, got out of his volunteering experience here.

Get your volunteering recognised

Registering for a Saltire Award is an easy way to get your volunteering hours recorded. Get Young Scot points as you log your hours and work towards milestones such as 25, 50, 100 hours of volunteering. You can even aim for a Summit Award for outstanding contributions! 

Volunteering tailored to you

Do you, or a young person you know, need a bit more support in finding a volunteering role? We can offer support in matching them with a role that is right for them. This support is available for those that might experience barriers due to things like physical or mental health issues, a learning disability/difficulty or low confidence. We can offer support with applications, buddying first visits to placements and regular check-ins. 

Introductions to volunteering for groups 

Do you work with a group of young people that would benefit from learning more about volunteering? We can offer a short introductory talk about what volunteering is, its benefits and more. Get in touch with your request. 

Seeking employment? 

Our employability team can offer support with creating CVs, interviews and more. Find out more here.

Get in touch

If you have any questions about our Youth Service please contact Sarah Cleary who is our Health and Wellbeing Manager on