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Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
I'm 14 and my Mum wants me to volunteer because I'm not doing the Duke of Edinburgh award. I go to a church club on a Sunday and I'm the oldest so I'm going to ask to be classed as a volunteer but I don't know whether I will be allowed.
Any places that I could volunteer? I like looking after kids and doing art. I'm kinda socially awkward (but that's only if your a stranger!).
Any ideas?

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  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    You might find it tricky under 16 - I know I did but it might have changed - because a lot of places I talked to couldn't take younger people either as a general policy or because of their insurance.

    I worked in a charity shop which was not my first choice but actually did wonders for my confidence
  • AndyAndy Moderator Posts: 185 Settling in
    Hi there lostangel,

    As piccolo has mentioned it can be tricky finding a volunteer role if you are under 16 but there will still be places and organisations that can offer you something. It may be worth speaking to your local volunteer centre - you can find your nearest one by using Do-it's Volunteer Centre Finder and booking an appointment.

    The volunteer centre will know of organisations in your local area that have volunteer roles for under 16s. Alternatively on Do-it there is an article full of information and resources for volunteers under 16.

    Also as piccolo said, it can be a really rewarding experience to volunteer, you won't just learn new skills but you'll meet some new people and pick up confidence along the way.

    All the best, Andy
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    If you cant find anywhere that'll let you volunteer at 14 why not help elderly family friends or relatives do some cleaning or gardening?

    I volunteered at an oxfam book shop at 14, but I don't know if it's the same policy for all shops across the country.
  • Former MemberFormer Member Posts: 1,876,324 The Mix Honorary Guru
    Thanks guys. I know volunteer at Brownies and at my local church club on a Sunday:)
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