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#1 By signing up to be a parent champion

If you're a parent with positive experience of using childcare in your local area, you could use your experience to help parents in your community.

We want to ensure parents are accessing:

  • their entitlement to free early education for two-year-olds 
  • their local and home learning services

You could use your experiences to volunteer as an advocate and peer adviser to other parents to make sure they are aware of, and making the most of all the services available to them.

#2 By helping out at your local children's centre

From help with social media to assisting at stay-and-play sessions, our 200 children's centres across the UK need a bit of extra help with everyday tasks.

Find out what services and support groups are in your area and get involved. Volunteers can make a huge difference to services, whatever your skills.

#3 By becoming an independent visitor

You could help guide, advise, listen to and befriend young people in care, sharing their experience as well as trying new activities and spending quality time together.

Making a positive difference to the life of a vulnerable child or young person is an amazing feeling, but by volunteering as a mentor you'll also:

  • make new friends and have unforgettable experiences
  • take part in ongoing training, and gain accreditation which could help your future career
  • attend regular support meetings with your volunteer coordinator
  • have all of your expenses covered
  • be able to easily fit mentoring around your other commitments

#4 By joining our event volunteering squad

We need volunteers who can help out at our events across the UK - from the iconic London Marathon to our countrywide sleepout event Byte Night - and we'd love it if you could join our team!


Event volunteering is a great way to:

  • get events experience and build your cv
  • meet lots of interesting people
  • develop skills such as communication, customer service, event organisation
  • experience a wide range of exciting events

#5 By asking your boss about volunteering through work

You and your co-workers could help by undertaking a practical task, like creating a sensory garden or transforming a therapy room.

By getting involved in Employee Supported Volunteering (ESV) your company could:

  • increase staff commitment, motivation and morale
  • develop staff skills
  • promote understanding and respect between co-workers
  • generate creative approaches to problem-solving
  • improve its reputation

All whilst making a positive difference to the life of a vulnerable child or young person.

Whatever your skills and experience, and however much time you can offer, we have a volunteering opportunity for you. You’ll get support and training if you need it, and you'll make a real difference.

How Action for Children works

From before they are born until they are into their twenties, we help disadvantaged children across the UK. We help them through fostering or adoption – and by intervening early to stop neglect and abuse. We make life better for disabled children. We influence policy and advocate for change. Our 7,000 staff and volunteers operate over 600 services, improving the lives of 370,000 children, teenagers, parents and carers every year. We succeed by doing what’s right, doing what’s needed, and doing what works for children.