There are a large number of other groups that you can be part of as a
volunteer. Some of these support specific political, religious or
similar aims, others have a more general community and social purpose,
like Citizens' Advice Bureaux, local women's groups, Town Twinning or helping the Third World.
The specialist organisations
listed below will give you more information about the various
possibilities. Most of these groups and associations use volunteer
help on a regular or occasional basis.
You can also belong to more informal local
community groups, often taking care of a local hall or open space.
In addition to organising social events and/or discussions, these groups
usually need help with fund raising and administration.
the political groups, are very active in circulating information and
seeking new supporters.
Royal British Legion www.britishlegion.org.uk/
SSAFA Forces Help www.ssafa.org.uk/
Association of Conservative Clubs www.toryclubs.co.uk/
The Conservative Party www.conservative-party.org.uk/
The Labour Party www.labour.org.uk/
The Liberal Democrat Party www.libdems.org.uk/
Churches together in Britain & Ireland www.ctbi.org.uk/
jewish.net network www.jewish.co.uk/
Sala@m Muslim Information Resources www.salaam.co.uk/
Salvation Army www.salvationarmy.org.uk/
Sikhism in the United Kingdom www.geocities.com/Athens/1818/sikhhome.htm
UK Mosques.org www.ukmosques.org/
Freemasonry Network www.freemasonry.net/
Territorial Army www.army.mod.uk/ta/
Local Government International Bureau (Town Twinning) www.lgib.gov.uk/links/twinning.htm
National Association of Ladies' Circles www.ladies-circle.org.uk/
National Women's Register www.nwr.org/
Townswomen's Guilds www.townswomen.org.uk/
Women's Institute www.womens-institute.org.uk/
Amnesty International www.amnesty.org.uk/
Lions International www.lions.org/
National Association of
Citizens' Advice Bureaux www.nacab.org.uk/
National Association of Round Tables of GB and Ireland www.roundtable.org.uk/
People's Dispensary for Sick Animals PDSA www.pdsa.org.uk/
Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland www.ribi.org/
Royal National Lifeboat Institution www.rnli.org.uk/
We have not managed to identify any other magazines dealing specially with
this type of helping. But most of the organisations listed above have
newsletter for their members.
Find a local group or club
that covers the type of activity that interests you (see organisations
See if your local group
offers introductory sessions or events. Take a class or course
relevant to your interest at your local adult education centre.
Consult books or magazines
on the areas of volunteering and organisations that interest you.
Check in your local
library/paper or volunteer centre for more information.
Skills and people
You can usually get
involved as a volunteer with these groups whatever your age, and
special skills are not generally required. But some groups, like
those for women, are usually single sex.
Providing you select the right groups, you will generally be in contact with people
with a common interest to your own.
You can find the groups that
might interest you either by contacting the specialist organisations or
asking your own friends and family.
Equipment or clothing
A place or facilities