Why Volunteer?

How do I get a volunteer role?

Search our online database and apply online. Or call in and chat to one of our friendly advisors in our City Centre Volunteer Centre.

Tuesdays: 10.00am – 12 noon

Thursdays: 12.00pm – 3.00pm

For details of nearly all our opportunities you can also look on-line at Volunteer Bradford District – Volunteering opportunities in Bradford and Keighley

Appointments are available outside of these times at the main office and at outreach venues across the district. If you would like to meet an advisor at one of outreach centres, please contact us on 01274 725434.

We can currently offer appointments at the following:

Manningham Library, BD8

South Square Centre Cafe, BD13

Cafe West, BD15

Cardigan House, BD16

Shipley Library, BD18

Burley in Wharfedale Library, LS29

What happens when I visit the volunteer centre?

You will have an informal chat with our volunteer advisors about what you think you might like to do. We can find a role to meet your lifestyle and interests. There is a simple registration form we’ll ask you to fill in. We’ll spend some time browsing through various available opportunities. All the information we have available on the opportunities you’re interested in will be printed out for you. Most people take this away to have a look through, and choose 2-3 organisations to make contact with. Each organisation has its own method of taking on volunteers, which we can talk through with you. You will not need to make any decisions about your volunteer role on this visit. Appointments are available out of these times and a confidential meeting room is available.

More questions? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions!

Why do people volunteer?

Most people volunteer either because they want to give something back to society or because they want to play a part in their community. People volunteer for many different organisations, from national charities like MENCAP to local community groups.

Here are some of the reasons why people choose to volunteer…

  • To share a skill
  • To get to know their community better
  • To show their commitment to a cause
  • To obtain leadership skills
  • To keep busy
  • To make new friends
  • To explore a career
  • To help someone
  • To feel good
  • To be part of a team
  • To test themselves


Our drop-in days are Tuesdays from 10-12pm and Thursdays from 1-3pm. Appointments are available outside of these times at the main office and at outreach venues across the district.