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Volunteer for Us

The Salvation Army works with some of the most disadvantaged people in our communities; including homeless people, older people, unemployed people, those suffering from drug and alcohol addiction, as well as victims of human trafficking and major emergencies.

I have seen a different world, and it has changed how I see my world'.

If you enjoy spending time with people and have some skills you’d like to share, we’d encourage you to make contact with us. Your skills are valuable and the rewards of supporting others are immense – volunteers often tell us that they receive much more than they give.

Why Volunteer?

Whatever you contribute through volunteering with us, whether it’s seasonal, once a week, or anything in between; by volunteering here you are joining a team of thousands of Salvation Army volunteers across the world, and therefore being part of a huge movement for change.

However you get involved, volunteering with The Salvation Army will give you the opportunity to:

  • Learn new skills which would be great for your CV
  • Make new friends locally and across the UK and Ireland
  • Meet inspiring new people, including Salvation Army members, staff, clients and other volunteers
  • Work alongside experts in their field; and
  • Make a tremendous difference in the fight against poverty and injustice 

The Salvation Army has many opportunities for volunteers; from serving meals to people who would otherwise be on their own, supporting those who are struggling financially, or running activities and classes in community centres to providing support to help people into employment. To see what is happening locally you can contact your local Salvation Army centre.

What Can I Do?

There are plenty of opportunities to get involved through volunteering, whatever your individual skill level and interests. Volunteering is an excellent way of taking your valuable life skills and experience and using them to benefit others in your local community. 

You can see some of the roles that may be available in your area by looking at our volunteer role descriptions. These opportunities are not available everywhere, so do check locally first. We hope that we can find a use for your skills and interests, but cannot guarantee that there will be any current vacancies in your local area.

Volunteering at Christmas

Our volunteers at Christmas can get involved with everything from sorting donated presents during our Christmas toy appeals to serving festive meals to people who might otherwise be alone and helping at our winter night shelters.

Many of our local churches and centres start planning volunteer rotas as early as summer so our Christmas volunteering opportunities get filled quickly; if you’re interested in volunteering with us at Christmas, we encourage you to contact your local Salvation Army church or centre directly to register your interest.

If you’re unable to volunteer but still want to help, at Christmas there are many ways you can support us. Regular or one-off donations help us make a huge difference to vulnerable people in communities.

To add a bit of fun, why not fundraise? We’ve put 10 fun and festive fundraising ideas together for you to try with friends, family or work colleagues. We also have hundreds of charity shops across the UK that need support at Christmas as well as throughout the year – whether you can spare a few hours a week to volunteer, have any items you can want to donate, or perhaps want to show your support by shopping with us, we value your contribution no matter how big or small.

The Salvation Army works throughout the year to provide compassionate support, a listening ear and practical help to people who are vulnerable or in need. There are many opportunities to contribute to your local church & community centre, where the events and services on offer are based on the needs of the local community - you can find your local Salvation Army here. 

You can read our FAQs here