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Meet some of our volunteers and hear what they have to say about being a Save the Children volunteer.

What's it like to volunteer for Save the Children UK?

We’ve got lots of fun and rewarding roles for you to choose from. But don’t just take our word for it, meet some of our volunteers - they do it for many different reasons but have the same vision – to make the world a better place.

Meet David who volunteers in our shops in Edinburgh.Meet David who volunteers in our shops in Edinburgh.

Save the Children has over 100 shops throughout the UK raising vital funds for our work. Volunteers like David are integral to the success of our shops helping with everything from window displays to finance.

Tell us a bit about yourself

I am a person who is interested in people and try to make myself approachable. The most interesting thing about myself is that I am a very shy person but have managed to overcome this with help from my colleagues at Save the Children.

Apart from our cause, what motivated you to become a volunteer at Save the Children?

My interest in other people and their aspirations.

What would you say to someone who was thinking about volunteering for us?

Enjoy yourself but make the most of opportunities where you can raise the profile of Save the Children.

What is your favourite memory as a volunteer for Save the Children?

When three of the Heart of Midlothian footballers visited the Nicolson St shop in Edinburgh.

What were your first impressions of Save the Children?

I started at the Edinburgh office as an Administration Volunteer. I had access to Save the Children literature and the thing that struck me most was the variety of different places in the world where Save the Children operates.

Why do you continue to volunteer at Save the Children?

When I switched from administration work to shop work it gave me a boost and a new perspective which I found very enjoyable.

What’s the best thing about your role?

The feeling that I'm using my time productively.

Meet Patience who is a Campaign Champion for save the children

Meet Patience who is a Campaign Champion. Campaign Champions are involved in a wide range of exciting activities. From approaching their MP to working with local groups, arranging publicity stunts and publicising them through the media.

Tell us about yourself/tell us something interesting about yourself?

I’m extremely passionate about designing clothes as well as writing – however I’m not published yet. I work closely with some women at the Refugee Centre and my section is designing fabrics and clothes, my inspiration comes from nature and what I see around me.

Apart from our cause, what motivated you to become a volunteer at Save the Children?

I’m the youngest of my siblings so I was extremely protected as a child. However, back home I joined a group who worked to help vulnerable children and street children bringing the suffering of others very much to life for me. This ignited a passion in me to help others. When I came to England I wanted to carry on helping in whatever way I could so I became involved with Save the Children.

What would you say to someone who was thinking about volunteering for us?

Save the Children is global so when you work with Save the Children you are doing something globally and not just locally.

What is your favourite memory as a volunteer for Save the Children?

My favourite memory, albeit challenging, was meeting my MP. I had to be very persistent to make this happen and had a number of appointments cancelled, one of these being when I was literally at their office. However, I’m a person who believes in achieving goals – so I kept calling and eventually met with them to discuss Save the Children’s work.

What were your first impressions of Save the Children?

My first impression of Save the Children was that it is such a positive organisation.

Why do you continue to volunteer at Save the Children?

Save the Children keep spreading their wings and keep continuing to do great work. They are so current and active and the results that come in are so inspiring.

What’s the best thing about your role?

Knowing what is happening and knowing you are able to take positive action and influence change!!

Meet Becka, who is a Community Co-ordinator in Oxfordshire for save the childrenMeet Becka, who is a Community Co-ordinator in Oxfordshire.

Community Coordinators work at a local level to drive community engagement and volunteering. They help build links among volunteers and supporters and act as a nucleus for activity.

Tell us about yourself

I am a busy mum of two who works 25 hours a week as Deputy Town Clerk for the Town Council, I also run a WI group and fundraise for The Wiltshire Ambulance. My favourite colour is yellow, I love to cook but hate to wash up. I’m still trying to decide what to do when I grow up. I am married to a legend who supports me in all my crazy schemes.

Apart from our cause, what motivated you to become a volunteer at Save the Children?

Building strong communities is my passion in life so the community approach to capacity building that Save the Children has adopted suits me perfectly. I also watch news bulletins with huge sadness and despair but know that, although I can’t solve it, by volunteering I am doing my best to try to do something.

What would you say to someone who was thinking about volunteering for us?

Just do it! I don’t do masses but I do enough and doing enough makes a huge difference.

What is your favourite memory as a volunteer for Save the Children?

I have several but all on a theme, community and the ability to contribute no matter what your age is. I recently did flower arranging with a 93 year old neighbour. We made arrangements to sell at a fete, my neighbour loved putting her skills to use and being a part of something.

Why do you continue to volunteer at Save the Children?

To help and do my bit. I enjoy encouraging others to take part and seeing what they go on to do to help our cause.

What’s the best thing about your role?

Building a community and meeting a wide range of people.

Our latest opportunities

Do you have a particular skill you’d like to put to good use or one you really want to learn? Or are you just looking for something fun to do with your spare time?

Whatever your reason for getting involved, we think you could be our next Save the Children volunteer. 

Search our latest volunteer opportunities and join the thousands of Save the Children volunteers that give their skills and time to help us save children’s lives.

We get asked a lot of questions about volunteering so we've tried to answer as many of these as we can in our frequently asked questions page.

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