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How to find out more about volunteer vacancies?

There are many ways to find information about volunteering and get involved. Many people will just contact local branches of organisations and ask if they can help. However, other people may be unsure what they want to do and if you are new to the area you probably don't know all the local organisations that use volunteers.

To register as a volunteer on our volunteering website, please visit our registration page here. Our staff at the Volunteer Centre are happy to help you with registering. Once you have registered, you can express your interest in roles that are suitable for you.  

Don't have an email address?

You can also fill in a paper copy of our application form and return it to the Volunteer Centre, and we will register your details on the website. 

To download our Volunteer Application form, click Below.

Volunteer Application Form - as a PDF

Volunteer Application Form - an editable word document

Visit the volunteer centre

We have details of hundreds of organisations and a wide variety of volunteering positions and details are constantly updated so we can offer accurate information to potential volunteers. We can put you in contact with the right person and can often provide background information on the organisation and the kind of work you might do. This can save you time and you will be more sure that the volunteering opportunity is the right one.

Look our for posters and notices in libraries and community centres

Many organisations put up notices to advertise their volunteering vacancies especially for new projects or events. There are many local festivals, concerts, shows and events which rely on volunteers with a wide range of skills.

Remember, volunteering is just that; Volunteering!

Organisations will always be very grateful for whatever help you are able to give. No-one will ask you to sign a contract or commit yourself to work, volunteering is totally flexible the hours suited around you. You are free to stop volunteering any time you wish. 


Volunteering Links

volunteer connect
Volunteer Centre Dorset has launched Volunteer Connect, our new interactive database for Volunteers, Organisations and their Voluntary roles. Please click the links below to get started.

Current Opportunities

Check out our list of current opportunities to volunteer in and around Dorset.

Arts and Culture Organisations

Dorset is fortunate to have a wealth of arts and cultural organisations which add greatly to the quality of life for residents and visitors. Many of these organisations rely on volunteers, either providing all the services or working alongside paid staff. There are a wide variety of roles for volunteers, from preparing and performing, to planning and administration.


Disclosure and Barring Service DBS

NOTE: The Disclosure and Barring Service is the result of the merging of the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA) departments. As a volunteer you may be required to apply for the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. Usually this will be when you are volunteering for an opportunity that requires working with vulnerable people such as children, elderly or people with mental health issues.


Dorset is fortunate to have large areas of unspoilt countryside and coast including a World Heritage Site and numerous nationally and locally designated sites. These sites are owned and/or managed by a variety of organisations including county and district councils, national and local charities and local trusts. All rely on volunteers for all or part of their work.


Sports Activities

If you are a volunteer and interested in any opportunities, please sign up on Volunteer Connect. You will then be able to register your interest in volunteering roles.

Volunteer Centre Dorset are thankful for the support from:

Dorset County Council
Dorset Community Foundation
Volunteering Fund