Volunteers play a huge part in Extern’s work, helping us to reach out to even more people on a day-to-day basis.

Volunteering with Extern can be an extremely rewarding experience. You will be using your time and skills to make a real difference by helping us to change many people’s lives every day.

There are a wide range of volunteer roles available, based on your interests and preferences. If you have special skills you could put to good use (e.g. lorry driving licence, trade skills, professional experience etc), or just some spare time to dedicate each week, we’d love to hear from you.

Accredited training and support is provided, and we can support volunteers with career placements and pre-interview preparation and references.  As well as gaining new skills and experiences for your CV, you will get the chance to make new friends.

Five reasons to Volunteer with Extern

Our volunteers at Extern tell us there are many reasons that they continue to support us and our service users. But we like to keep things simple – so here are our top five:

1) “In helping others in need, I am making a difference. It might be big or it might be small, but I know it’s appreciated each and every time. And it’s often the smallest things I do that can have the biggest impact, like a smile and taking the time to just listen.”

2) “I get to give back to the community. And I know it’s not all about what’s in it for me, but it has really helped my self-confidence and gives me a sense of purpose.”

3) “It brings a smile to my face and most importantly the faces of the people I support.”

4) “I have learned things…a lot of new things…and a lot of useful things. When I’m working with young people particularly I never fail to be inspired by their enthusiasm and determination.”

5) “I have met so many interesting and fantastic people. Some of the nicest human beings I have ever met actually. Getting to hang out with them, whether its staff, service users or other volunteers, just makes you feel that little bit better about the world.”

I’d like to Volunteer with Extern. Is that possible right now?

Yes, absolutely. We are actively recruiting for volunteers to support the overall service provision of the organisation, and to help us engage with our initiatives involving children, young people and adults.

If you can offer some time each week then please, REACH OUT – JOIN – GET INVOLVED.

We’d love to hear from you.

How do I find out more about volunteering opportunities with Extern?


We look forward to hearing from you!

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