'It's fun, inspiring and enjoyable'

Young volunteer Yakoob Seedat

Yakoob Seedat uses his interests to make a difference at weekends and in the evenings.

Yakoob coaches children in football on Saturday mornings. In the afternoons he runs a Chill Zone for kids age 5-10, then in the evenings helps run the teenage youth club in his area. As well as giving up his Saturdays, he has also set up for local kids: a football league at West View Leisure Centre for Disadvantaged People, a small sided cricket league, a Tae Kwondo academy, and represented young people in focus groups and at the local Neighbourhood Management Partnership Boards. He does it all of his own volition and describes himself as a friend of the community!

'Volunteering is fun'

Volunteer George Taylor

George has been volunteering since he was eight years old and says volunteering has changed his life.

Since he was eight-years-old, George has fundraised for the Royal British Legion. He’s met the Queen, regularly completes sponsored walks, sold poppies, organised raffles and dances and school discos to raise money and awareness, become the youth advisor for his local British Legion Branch and recently became Kent Area Officer for the VC Trust. He’s even lobbied Parliament and now gets his whole family involved in fundraising.

Meet our shining examples

Today social action and volunteering take place in many shapes and sizes. In fact, you’ve probably been a volunteer yourself at some point and just not realised it!

But still many people dismiss formal opportunities and schemes thinking it’s not for them, they don’t have the skills to help or don’t know how to get started.

To give you some inspiration we’d like to introduce you to a few people who are volunteers in very different ways...