THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH’S AWARD

VOLUNTEERING

Making a difference to other people’s lives.

The Volunteering section of DofE

Volunteering is all about making a difference to other people’s lives and use your skills and experience to help your local community. You can use this opportunity to become involved in a project or with an organisation that you care about. Perhaps you’re interested in animals or conservation? Or you might like to work with older people or raise money for a cause that means a lot to you? From teaching children cyber safety to starting a local recycling campaign, the Volunteering section of your DofE enables you to give your time to help others and change things for the better.

Volunteering has been my favourite part of the DofE and has given me a purpose.

You’ll really put your heart into volunteering through your DofE. Like Kyle, many find this section the most rewarding and continue to volunteer long after achieving a DofE Award.

Volunteering with DofE - it's your choice...

When completing each section of your DofE, you should develop a programme which is specific and relevant to you. Here is a list of programme ideas that you could do or you could use it as a starting point to create a Volunteering section programme of your own.
  • Helping children
  • Helping children to read in libraries
  • Helping in medical services e.g. Hospitals
  • Helping older people
  • Helping people in need
  • Helping people with special needs
  • Tutoring
  • Young carer
  • Youth work
  • Campaigning
  • Cyber safety
  • Council representation
  • Drug & alcohol education
  • Home accident prevention
  • Neighbourhood watch
  • Peer education
  • Personal safety
  • Promotion & PR
  • Road safety
  • Animal welfare
  • Environment
  • Rural conservation
  • Preserving waterways
  • Working at an animal rescue centre
  • Litter picking
  • Urban conservation
  • Beach and coastline conservation
  • Zoo/farm/nature reserve work
  • Administration
  • Being a charity intern
  • Being a volunteer lifeguard
  • Event management
  • Fundraising
  • Mountain rescue
  • Religious education
  • Serving a faith community
  • Supporting a charity
  • Working in a charity shop
  • Dance leadership
  • DofE Leadership
  • Group leadership
  • Head student
  • Leading a voluntary organisation group
    • Girls’ Venture Corps
    • Sea Cadets
    • Air Cadets
    • Jewish Lads’ and Girls’ Brigade
    • St John Ambulance
    • Scout Association
    • Air Training Corps
    • Army Cadet Force
    • Boys’ Brigade
    • CCF
    • Church Lads’ & Girls’ Brigade
    • Girlguiding UK Girls’ Brigade
  • Sports leadership
  • Music tuition

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Need some inspiration? Download our volunteering ideas list.

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DofE Volunteering in action

Using volunteering skills to help others in your community 

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