“Volunteers don’t get paid, not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless”

Sherry Anderson

Many people of all ages and from a variety of different backgrounds all share one common thing…they volunteer. 

There are so many types of volunteer opportunities available in Argyll and Bute. These include activities such as befriending, helping at events, driving, fundraising, conservation activities, providing support to children and older people. These are offered in a variety of settings from sport clubs to local community organisations. You can even volunteer from home.

By giving your time you’re helping the organisation you volunteer for, and you’re also helping the people, communities, animals or environments they represent. What turns that donation into an investment is that you get back far more than you give. And for whatever you want to get out of volunteering, there is an opportunity that can help realise it.

If you are interested in a more permanent role, then check out our jobs page.

Volunteering Opportunities

So, you want to help out? Looking to learn new skills? Keen to meet other people? Fired up to make a difference? Volunteering can help you do it. For that reason alone volunteering can be one of the most rewarding investments you’ll ever make. Whether you have a little or lots of time to give there should be something there for you.

You can find volunteering opportunities near to you through our dedicated volunteering area.

If you are an organisation looking for volunteers, you can register and advertise your opportunities through the volunteerargyllandbute website.

Positive Destinations

We believe that with guidance and help, volunteering can change peoples lives. That is why we have set up out positive destinations programme. The programme aims to reduce barriers to personal development, education, and employment. Participants receive six-month volunteering placements in Argyll and Bute, with a dedicated mentor to guide them. This experience enhances confidence, social skills, and overall well-being, while reducing stress and improving mental health.

You can find more information on the Positive Destinations page.

Volunteer of the Year

Here, at the Argyll and Bute Third Sector Interface, we know the intrinsic value of volunteering and how important it is in sustaining the hundreds of charities and organisations throughout the region. That is why, each year, we hold our Volunteer of the Year awards to celebrate these wonderful people.

You can find out all about the annual awards on this dedicated website.

Part 1 in our Voices of Volunteering – The Volunteer
Part 2 in our Voices of Volunteering – The Organisation
Part 3 of our Voices of Volunteering – The Impact

Saltire Awards

Saltire Awards is the Scottish Government’s national youth volunteer awards. They celebrate, recognise and reward the commitment, contribution and achievements of young volunteers in Scotland, aged between 12 and 25. Find out more information here.

Volunteer Friendly Awards

Many essential services in Scotland’s communities are enhanced by volunteers. The Scottish Government recognises that volunteering matters and it’s all about new experiences, feeling good and making a difference. The Volunteer Friendly Award is a user-friendly quality standard to support, recognise and reward groups who are good at involving volunteers and you can find out more here.

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