Opportunities for 14 to 25-year-olds

14 to 25? Get involved

People of all ages volunteer with Sue Ryder, for all sorts of reasons.

But if you're aged between 14 and 25, this is a great time to explore your interests, learn new skills, boost your CV and have fun too.


Why should I volunteer?

Volunteering can help you become more confident, and it gives you the opportunity to mix with people outside your usual social circle.

In today's competitive job market, volunteering can show potential employers that you're proactive and willing to work.

Even if the voluntary role isn't what you want as a career, you can still develop transferable skills useful in any job, e.g. customer service, working as part of a team, communication with people at all levels.

One young volunteer told us she joined Sue Ryder because "it's small enough that I wouldn't get overwhelmed (having never worked before) but I'll still get valuable work experience".

Our shops can take volunteers who are 14 and over. If you're under 16, we'll need your parents' or guardians' permission.


Opportunities through your education

Duke of Edinburgh Award: why not complete the volunteer service section of your Bronze, Silver or Gold Award with us?

Our care centres and hospices: most roles within our healthcare teams have a minimum age of 18. Where we can, we try to help with work experience requests. Get in touch to tell us your placement needs.

University: we work in partnership with several universities across the UK. These partnerships allow us to advertise our latest volunteer roles on the universities' websites, which are viewed by hundreds of students.

We regularly go to volunteer and recruitment fairs, giving students a chance to talk to a member of Sue Ryder staff face-to-face about volunteering, charity work and what it's like to work as part of the Sue Ryder team.

If you'd like us to link up with your school, college or uni, please get in touch.