Although young people must be doing some form of recognised accredited education or training until their 18th birthday, this does not mean they have to go into education. For those that would rather work (whether paid or voluntary) this is still an option, as long as it involves at least twenty hours of work per week PLUS working towards a nationally-recognised qualification.
Some young people with SEND may require additional support to carry out their volunteering. If this is the case then they may benefit from doing a supported volunteering placement where they are provided with extra help throughout the placement to enable them to carry out their duties. To find out what opportunities are available to you locally and what support they may be able to offer, please contact your local borough volunteering centre.
If you are eligible for adult social care then you may benefit from engaging with Surrey Choices who help those with SEND to find volunteering placements and paid work. For more information please visit the Surrey Choices website.
For more information about part-time study opportunities to support your employment/volunteering why not search for your local education providers.
Benefits of volunteering
Short Gain valuable work experience
Medium Work towards nationally recognised qualifications
Long Develop communication and interaction skills in preparation for work
For further information about each of the borough volunteering centres, please see below!
Borough volunteering websites
Epsom and Ewell - Voluntary Action Mid Surrey supporting Epsom, Ewell and Mole Valley
Guildford - Voluntary Action South West Surrey support the voluntary and community sector in Guildford and Waverley
Reigate and Banstead - Volunteering opportunities and information for organisations looking for volunteers
Tandridge - Information on the three local volunteer centres in Caterham, Lingfield & Dormansland and Oxted
Elmbridge - Voluntary Action Elmbridge offers local support and development organisation which includes a Volunteer Centre
Mole Valley - Voluntary Action Mid Surrey supporting Epsom, Ewell and Mole Valley
Runnymede - Volunteering Information from Voluntary Support North Surrey
Spelthorne - Volunteering Information from Voluntary Support North Surrey
Surrey Heath - Volunteering Information from Voluntary Support North Surrey
Waverley - Voluntary Action South West Surrey support the voluntary and community sector in Guildford and Waverley
Woking - Woking Association of Voluntary Service provides a range of services to the voluntary organisations and community groups in the Woking area
vInspired - vInspired provide young people with inspiring, high quality social action opportunities to gain new experiences and skills for life
Volunteering - Learn how to do something good today from the Do-It trust
EmployAbility (Surrey Choices) -EmployAbility is a dedicated service that helps to find work placements, training, volunteer opportunities and paid work for you if you have autism or a learning, physical or sensory disability