Volunteering - information and advice

We believe that volunteering is an important way for people to get involved in their local community. There are many different volunteering opportunities available in Derby. Many of these are based within voluntary and community sector organisations. There are also opportunities to do voluntary work with the Council, with other public sector organisations and also within the private sector.

Derby Volunteer Centre

The Derby Volunteer Centre helps people who are interested in volunteering to find suitable volunteering opportunities. The Volunteer Centre also works with organisations to promote good practice in recruiting and supporting volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering you may want to try one of the 'Volunteering Works' sessions - free introductory training for potential volunteers from all backgrounds.

For further details and support in accessing volunteering opportunities, please visit the Derby Volunteer Centre website. Alternatively, telephone 01332 342272 or email volunteering@volunteeringderby.co.uk

Volunteers needed to help reduce youth crime

To help reduce youth offending, Derby Youth Offending Service is looking for volunteers who are:

  • over 18 years old
  • from all backgrounds
  • from across all Derby communities.

For more information on volunteering with the Youth Offending Service:

What's involved?

Youth offender panels - Volunteers will be asked to sit on a youth offender panel alongside another volunteer and a member of the Youth Offending Service. The aim of the panel is to work with the young person and their parent/carer on a 'contract' of activities to address their offending behaviour. The panel will then be responsible for monitoring the young person's progress with the contract. You would need to be able to spare two to three hours a week.

Volunteers receive free training for these roles and out-of-pocket expenses are reimbursed.

Volunteer as a Learning Partner

Volunteer Learning Partners support people who would like to go to an adult learning class but can’t or don’t want to do this alone.

Volunteers will be matched with someone who has requested a learning partner based on their common interests and will attend a adult learning course together.

A learner may need help socially, emotionally, practically, physically or educationally and with your help can get the confidence to attend classes independently. 

There are lots of benefits to becoming a Learning Partner, including: 

  • meeting new people
  • learning new skills 
  • building confidence
  • being part of a team
  • making friends
  • free experience with travel expenses and training paid for.

For further information, read the job description for the role of group volunteer, or contact Pat Ward, Learner Support Organiser, Derby Adult Learning Service, by calling 01332 711373 or emailing pat.ward@derbyals.org

Improving Wellbeing by Volunteering

Livewell is an integrated healthy lifestyle service that supports people to lose weight, stop smoking, get more active and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

It’s Improving Wellbeing by Volunteering Programme recognises that volunteering can be a key to a long and healthy life (Volunteering in Health and Social Care Report 2008). Livewell is looking for volunteers to signpost people to the service and/or lead community based walks.

To find out more, contact Paul McGinty, Livewell Coordinator at paul.mcginty@derby.gov.uk or telephone 07812 302022.

Volunteering in Youth Services

If you are interested in volunteering work with young people, please contact the youth clubs directly.


Contact details

Post address:
Voluntary Sector Team
The Council House
Corporation Street
Phone: 01332 642753
Minicom: 01332 640666
Voluntary Sector Team
The Council House
Corporation Street