Volunteer opportunities for 14-25 year olds

Young volunteers welcome

Our managers are happy to support young people starting out in the world of work, completing their Duke of Edinburgh Award, or boosting their CV and personal statement.

Age requirements

Fourteen is the minimum age for volunteering with us in our shops. If you're under 16, we'll need your parent or guardian’s permission.

The benefits of volunteering

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 long-term career, you can still develop transferable skills useful in any job - enhancing your customer service skills, for example, as well as the ability to work as part of a team and communicate with people at all levels.

Opportunities available through your education

Duke of Edinburgh Award

Why not complete the volunteer service section of your Bronze, Silver or Gold Award with us? Speak to your local Sue Ryder shop manager to arrange a taster session or contact us online using the information below.

Medical Work Experience

Most roles within our healthcare teams have a minimum age of 18. Where we can, we try to help with work experience requests for students looking to study medicine - get in touch to tell us your placement requirements. Please note that volunteers are not involved in providing personal or clinical care.


We work in partnership with several universities across the UK. We regularly attend 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.

Get in touch

We have a range of different voluntary vacancies available across the UK, which you can apply for online:

Check out our volunteering roles

If you'd like us to link up with your school, college or university, or have any other general enquiries, please email us at volunteering@sueryder.org or call our friendly volunteering team on 0808 164 4572.