Volunteering with us has lots of benefits and can help you:

  • gain confidence and build relationships
  • meet new people
  • make a difference to people, communities and society
  • become part of the community
  • learn new skills
  • take on new challenges

As well as helping you gain experience, it can also be fun!

Our volunteers help deliver services to local people, communities and neighbourhoods. They're an essential part of a network of people and groups. they help create stronger and healthier communities.

Everyone in Barnsley is supported to help their local community through volunteering. This is regardless of their gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation, religious belief, marital status, pregnancy or gender identity. Volunteering also helps those who may otherwise be isolated to mix with others. People from different backgrounds get the chance to meet and get to know each other. This could be older people and younger people volunteering together, and local residents working alongside new arrivals to the borough.

The skills and knowledge you get when volunteering can also give you confidence and help you move towards paid employment.

How to get involved

There's lots of chances to volunteer. This includes supporting events, working in our libraries, and at Barnsley museums.

  • Barnsley CVS offer one-to-one meetings to people who want to find out what they can do as a volunteer. You can also find out what volunteering roles are available.
  • You can help out in your local community through Love Where You Live.
  • I Know I Can (IKIC) can help with volunteering opportunities especially for 16 to 24 year olds.
  • Join Reach Volunteering to explore volunteer opportunities.

Hear from our volunteers

You can read about what some of our volunteers have to say about working with us below.

Suzanne - infant feeding team

Suzanne started volunteering with us in our infant feeding team. She said, "I loved volunteering with the infant feeding service because I enjoy meeting mums and helping them with their babies. It felt like I was giving something back to all the ladies that helped me with my own. It also helped me to do something worthwhile with the time I had spare."

Since starting out as a volunteer, Suzanne secured a full-time post with us in our infant feeding team.

David - Barnsley libraries

David started volunteering with us in May 2017. After completing a successful work experience placement at the library whilst at college, he was offered a regular Saturday volunteering role. His main role is helping restock shelves and interacting with customers who visit the library, as well as recommending books they might enjoy reading.

David says, "I come here every Saturday morning, and if I had a day off college I would volunteer for some extra events like craft activities which can be really busy. I’ve got the motivation to stay, and I'm going to start running a Lego club here. I started a new job after I left college and volunteering with the library has helped me to work well with lots of people."

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