Volunteering can mean many things to many people. With the mobile lifestyle that life connected to the Armed Forces can bring, the right match in finding a volunteering role can help you to find friends, connect with the community, learn new skills, and even advance your career. 

Through volunteering you can play an active role in society and contribute to positive social change.

If it’s a step into a new career you are looking for, volunteering can help you gain experience in your area of interest and meet people in the field. Even if you’re not planning a career change, volunteering gives you the opportunity to practice important skills used in the workplace, such as teamwork, communication, problem solving, project planning, task management and organisation.

Added benefits

Giving to others can also improve your quality of life and self-esteem.  It can help to maintain your mental and physical health and reduce stress, combat depression, keep you mentally stimulated and provide a sense of purpose.

Search for volunteering roles through the Quick Job Search.

Explore volunteering roles available with some of our registered employers:

The British Heart Foundation

The Royal British Legion

The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity


Dorset Healthcare University NHS Foundation Trust

North Norfolk Railway

Devon Air Ambulance


Education and Employers (Inspiring Governance Service)


Become a School Governor and benefit from free personal and professional development.

Schools need committed people to join their governing boards.  Volunteering as a school governor is a rewarding role, providing excellent opportunities for personal and professional development in an exciting and challenging environment.  At the same time you are contributing to education in your local community. 

By volunteering as a school governor you will develop and improve your skills in:

  • strategic leadership 
  • building relationships
  • project management
  • effective team-working
  • budget control
  • data analysis
  • communication
  • recruitment and selection
  • influencing/negotiation.

Volunteer as a school or college governor through our free Government funded Inspiring Governance recruitment service.  Once placed we provide volunteers with a variety of support including eLearning.  

Our commitment to the Armed Forces community

Inspiring Governance has signed the Armed Forces Covenant to show our support. We feel there are key service personnel and family members, with a wide variety of skills and experience, who could contribute significantly to schools and outcomes for young people, as well as benefiting from the CPD opportunity themselves. Benefits are significant for the entire Armed Forces Community including for partners, spouses and adult family members looking for an opportunity to develop skills.

For more information and to register your interest see the dedicated Inspiring Governance Armed Services page.