What is volunteering?

Volunteering is not just about delivering a task without payment, it is about giving your time, knowledge, experience and skills as a gift.

We know that volunteers do their best work when they are making the most of their unique talents. That is why we are here to help you find the role that suits you and your skills best.

Volunteering brings enormous benefits and enjoyment, not only to beneficiaries, but to communities, and to volunteers themselves.

Volunteering increases social and civil participation, empowers communities, and reduces loneliness and isolation. It can also improve mental and physical health, support the development of job and life skills, and foster a greater sense of belonging.

What do I need to do?

To register as a volunteer you need to complete this application form.

Alternatively you can email us at volunteering@borderscommunityaction.org.uk or call on 0300 1247522 so that we can register you or answer any questions you may have. 

We will chat with you about your interests, hobbies and experience and what you would like to get from your volunteering and then suggest some opportunities you could try.

How long does it take before I start?

We will match you with the opportunity that best suits you as soon as we can. Some people choose the opportunity during our meeting – others prefer to take some opportunities away to consider and get back to us. Organisations that work with vulnerable groups or children may need to apply for a PVG (Disclosure Scotland check) before you can start. This can sometimes slow down the process.

Does it cost anything to volunteer?

Registering with us is free and you can use our service as many times as you want to.

Is there anything that can prevent me from volunteering?

We believe everyone has the right to volunteer in their community. However, some restrictions apply to volunteering in certain roles. There are no general age-limits on volunteering, but there may be some opportunities not available to you because of insurance or other reasons. There may also be other reasons why a particular opportunity may not be open e.g. unspent convictions, driving bans etc.