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


Related sites


v_inspired.jpgvInspired - vInspired provide young people with inspiring, high quality social action opportunities to gain new experiences and skills for life


Do_It_logo.jpgVolunteering - Learn how to do something good today from the Do-It trust


Surrey_Choices_Logo.jpgEmployAbility (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