Should I volunteer?

Find out how volunteering brings health benefits to both the volunteer and the people they support.

How to volunteer

Volunteering doesn't always mean giving up whole days at a time. There are many opportunities available to suit even the busiest of people.

Fit volunteering into your life

Not everyone who wants to volunteer can afford to give up their time throughout the year, but there are ways to get involved on a short-term basis.

Volunteers: NHS heroes

There are thousands of volunteers in the NHS. Find out how they make a difference.

Joanna Lumley

'Volunteering enriches my life'

Simon, 35, is a volunteer with the Royal Voluntary Service. Find out how he helps 92-year-old Dawn, who lives alone in west London.

Volunteering: 'We've become good friends'

Businesswoman Jo loves being a Good Neighbour volunteer. Read how she fits it into her busy life.

'We volunteered at the Paralympics'

Dave and Justin talk about their unique experience and the positive British attitude towards disability.

'Mentoring was an amazing experience'

Karen talks about her experience of being a mentor and how volunteering has benefitted her life.

Anam Ahmed

Student volunteering in palliative care

Anam is doing her A-levels and hopes to go to medical school. She describes her work as a hospital volunteer.

'Volunteering has given me a new career path'

Karl Fieldsend, 44, started volunteering when he was off work because of ill health. He now helps out in a palliative care unit.

Volunteering for Crisis at Christmas

Find out how volunteers help to run Crisis at Christmas centres, where homeless men and women can safely spend the festive period

Andrew Tindall

'I think everyone should volunteer'

Find out why Andrew Tindall, from Young Apprentice 2012, volunteers every weekend.

Walking for Health: volunteers

Walking for Health relies on volunteers, who help out by leading a group of walkers, or assist the group along the way. Find out what motivates these volunteers.

Media last reviewed: 10/04/2014

Next review due: 10/04/2016

Services near you

Find addresses, phone numbers and websites for services near you

Five steps to mental wellbeing

Evidence suggests there are five steps we can all take to improve our mental wellbeing. Try approaching them with an open mind and judge the results for yourself.

Media last reviewed: 21/09/2014

Next review due: 21/09/2016

Help others for mental wellbeing

Little acts of kindness to others can give you a sense of purpose and make you feel happier

Could you be a donor?

Every year 1,000 people die waiting for a transplant. It's easy to register as an organ donor or give blood

Finding work after caring

If you want to start or return to work, there are lots of things to consider and many schemes that can help you as a carer