Why volunteer with us?

People who freely give of their time and talents to us make a huge contribution to the work we do. With such a wide range of opportunities available across our network of services and corps (churches), there is bound to be a place for you.

Together 2022

Do you live in the Birmingham area?

Would you like to get involved with volunteering for a few hours as a steward at our fabulous Together 22 event (16-17 July)?

Volunteer with us

What will I get out of volunteering?

It’s a great way to meet people who share the same interests and values. Just take a look at some of our volunteer stories. There are lots of other benefits too, such as:

  • The chance to try out something new or use existing skills to help others
  • Doing something useful and rewarding
  • Gaining a sense of achievement 
  • Putting something back into the community
  • Developing your personal skills and confidence
  • Being part of a supportive team

Who can volunteer?

Anyone can volunteer. We value diversity and encourage volunteers of all ages and abilities from all sections of the community. 

However, we can only accept applications from volunteers who live in the UK and Ireland and have the right to work and/or volunteer in the UK and Ireland.

How do I volunteer?

If you'd like to find out more please contact your local corps or check out our current vacancies and find out more about getting involved.

Before you join us as a volunteer, you will be asked to complete a volunteer application form, attend an informal chat and provide a couple of referees for us to contact (depending upon the role you are applying for). Some roles will require a disclosure check – which we will support you with - but this will be made clear in the role description. When you start as a volunteer you will be provided with an induction programme and any training you may need to carry out the role.

How much time will I have to give?

There are many ways you can help us make a difference, no matter how much time you have available or the level of commitment you can afford to give. If you are keen on learning some new skills or using existing ones please check out our charity shop pages – you can make a difference with as little as 2-4 hours a week.

Click on the links below to find out more about ways you can volunteer for The Salvation Army.

Charity shops

From sorting to window dressing, find your place in one of our friendly charity shop teams across the UK.

Volunteer with our community programmes

Find befriender, café, lunch club, foodbank and other roles serving at the heart of the community.

Children and families

Find roles volunteering with baby and toddler groups, child contact centres and youth clubs.


Help people experiencing homelessness move on with their lives.

Anti-trafficking and modern slavery

Find roles to support victims of modern slavery including drivers, chaperones, first responders and mentors

Employability and debt advice programmes

Volunteer your time to support others, and to use and develop your skills in this area.

Short-term projects and online roles

Find remote roles and opportunities to use your skills to support short-term project work and programmes

Hear from our volunteers

Read about some of the brilliant work being done by our volunteers across the UK.

Meet some of our amazing volunteers


“I’m humbled and very privileged to do it. You see lots of people needing support and you see how it helps.”


“Volunteering helps my mental health. It allows me to give something back to my community.”


“Volunteering with The Salvation Army gives you an amazing feeling. I’d definitely recommend volunteering to anyone.”

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2-4 hours a week to spare?

We welcome all kinds of skills and experience in our friendly community charity shops.

Search our opportunities today