Volunteering with us is a fun experience, that's what our volunteers tell us! We're a friendly bunch and we really appreciate and value anyone who feels able to provide us with their time voluntarily. 

There's been lots of research into why people volunteer, some of which is written below for you to read. Most importantly, our volunteers have the potential and opportunity to have a real-life positive impact on people's lives, it's such a rewarding role to work in!

If you're interested and have the time, look at the opportunities we have available and then go to our application page.

We're supported by Investing in Volunteers. Investing in Volunteers (IiV) is the UK quality standard for all organisations which involve volunteers in their work.

We're proud to have been awarded the IiV quality award, this award shows that DAS as an organisation is committed to supporting our volunteers with various opportunities for progression and development. This also includes continued support on a 1 to 1 basis with our monthly supervisions, as well as reward systems in place to show our appreciation for good work. 

Below are some of the reasons people choose to volunteer. For some it provides an opportunity to:
  • Give something back to an organisation that has impacted on a person's life, either directly or indirectly
  • Make a difference to the lives of others
  • Help the environment
  • Help others less fortunate or without a voice
  • Feel valued and part of a team
  • Spend quality time away from work or a busy lifestyle
  • Gain confidence and self-esteem
For some, volunteering can be a route to employment, or a chance to try something new which may lead to a career change. From this perspective, volunteering can be a way of:
  • Gaining new skills, knowledge and experience
  • Developing existing skills and knowledge
  • Enhancing a CV
  • Improving one's employment prospects
  • Gaining an accreditation
  • Using one's professional skills and knowledge to benefit others (usually described as pro bono)
For others, volunteering appeals because of its social benefits. These include:
  • Meeting new people and making new friends
  • A chance to socialise
  • Getting to know the local community

Apply to volunteer