How Volunteering in Your Community Can Improve Your Life

We know first hand that everyone who volunteers to lead activities not only make sport happen around the county, but also keeps local communities fit and active. You are simply champions in our eyes and we’ll try to support you with opportunities to improve and progress at your own speed. Don’t forget that as well as helping others, volunteering benefits your health, your social life, boosts your skills, confidence, and looks great on your CV.

Below is a range of resources to help you, so dive in and enjoy. If you need specific help, please get in touch

Across the County of Devon, volunteers and coaches play a vital role. Without their time, energy and commitment many people would not be able to take part in physical activity or play sport.
Tom Mack – Active Devon

Why volunteer?

Join In’s research shows that volunteering in sport is good for all of us:
Good for You – People who volunteer in sport “win” – as sharing our time (and experience) makes us happier, gives us more self-esteem, sense of purpose and helps us learn new skills and make friendships.
Good for Clubs – Local sport wins. Almost all grassroots clubs and activity groups rely on volunteers, and 7 out of 10 currently need more people to help out. Each new volunteer makes a huge difference – typically giving a club the capacity to welcome 8.5 more members.
Good for Everyone – Our communities win by enabling people to find ways to play sport and live more active, healthier lives. Volunteers also care about their local areas – they are more likely to feel pride, invest their time, and build trust in communities.
What does volunteering involve?

There are volunteering roles to suit everyone. From club treasurer, volunteer coach or marshalling a one off event – check out our volunteer stories for some examples.

How do I find an opportunity near to me?
Check out Volunteer connect , contact local sports clubs or try these national matching websites:
No luck? Contact us for more help
Where can I advertise my volunteer opportunities?
Advertise locally in shops, supermarkets, free newsletters, post offices, volunteer centres or try these websites:
Volunteer connect, JOIN IN DO IT. If you have a sporting event to staff or need multiple volunteers get in touch.

Will there be training?
Ask your club or group if they offer training. For Active Devon programmes contact us or take a look at our training pages

What is a DBS check?

The Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) helps employers make safer recruitment decisions and prevent unsuitable people from working with vulnerable groups, including children. It replaces the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA).

Do I need a DBS check?

You might if you will be working with children or vulnerable adults. There’s more information about DBS checks here

I have a disability, can I volunteer?

Yes of course! If you are facing barriers to volunteering because of your disability please let us know and we will try to help.

Will my travel be paid?

That depends on where you are volunteering. Some places will have a budget to help you with expenses.

Can I register with Active Devon?

Yes! Have a look at our CAN pages where we’re always looking for Ambassadors.

Send us Your story!

We are always looking for inspiring stories of people who volunteer or have overcome challenges to participate in sport or physical activity. Our Podcast series showcases some truly inspiring stories.

Contact us and we’ll capture your story.

Why not find out more about your local community and see if there are opportunities to get involved

You don’t have to be ‘sporty’ to volunteer your time, there are opportunities for everyone. Whatever your experience and skills are, your time can make a huge difference.