Voluntary & Third Party Opportunities

You can now view a range of Voluntary and Third Party Opportunities in your local community below. Meet new people, gain experience and find your route to employment.
Select a Organisation to find out more.

Age UK

Age UK offer interesting and stimulating classes at our resource centre on Queen's Road, tutored by volunteers. These include: Computers, Italian, Art, Calligraphy.

Alzheimers Society

Join the thousands of employees who are uniting against dementia. From marketing to operations to care, we have jobs available across our offices and community-based services.

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

If you need help to get online, come and join us for a free course. There's a choice of dates and venues, and each course runs one day a week for a six week period in a range of locations across Barnsley.

Barnsley RUFC

Barnsley RUFC is a member of the Rugby Football Union (RFU), Women’s RFU, the Yorkshire RFU and the South Yorkshire RFU. It has teams for all age groups ranging from 4 years old to adult for both male and female.

Barnsley Animal Rescue Community

Have fun, learn new skills, make friends and get involved in your local community by volunteering at BARC.BARC have opportunities which range from working at our rescue centre, in our charity shops or with our events/marketing team.

Barnsley Churches Drop In Project

Volunteers run a drop in three days a week serving hot meals to those in need. The drop-in is a busy environment where we see vulnerable people who are in great need, addicts, alcoholics, rough sleepers, the homeless, people in poverty, and families struggling to feed their children.

Barnsley Hospice

The aim of Barnsley Hospice is to provide specialist palliative care. We ensure that patients and their families are at the centre of all our activities and are cared for and supported in safe and comfortable surroundings.

Barnsley Hospital NHS

We welcome people from all walks of life. If you are over 17 years old, you can apply to be a volunteer. We welcome enquiries from people in full time education or work, as we have evening and weekend opportunities.

Barnsley Independent Alzehimers

BIADS is an organisation formed by Barnsley people to provide support to those who have any form of dementia and their families and friends. Since we are an independent group serving the Metropolitan Borough of Barnsley we can guarantee that all funds raised and donations received will be used here in Barnsley.

Barnsley Independent Visitors Scheme

The Independent Visitors Scheme is a national initiative which offers supports and befriending to children who are looked after by their local authorities.

Brittish Heart Foundation

Your support powers our research. Every pound raised and every minute of your time will help make a massive difference to people's lives. Join the fight for every heartbeat.

Berneslai Homes

We are an Arm’s Length Management Organisation (ALMO) and since 2002 we’ve been responsible for managing around 18,655 homes on behalf of Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council.

Bluebell Wood Hospice

Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice offers care and support to children and young adults with life-shortening and life-threatening conditions, both in their own homes and at our hospice in North Anston. We support the whole family, and give them the chance to relax, take a break and have fun.

Cancer Research UK

At Cancer research there is a range of support given to suit all individuals. Additionally you can be involved in a variety of voluntary. For example fundraising and arranging an event, volunteering in one of the shops, charity walks and more.

Citizens Advice

Citizens Advice Barnsley has been providing free, confidential and impartial advice for over 50 years. Our volunteers are committed to providing people with the advice they need for the problems they face and to improving the policies and practices that affect people's lives.

Cloverleaf Advocacy

Cloverleaf Advocacy is an independent charity established in 1995, based in the North of England. Our services support over 8,000 people each year. We provide high quality advocacy services to people with mental health needs, learning disabilities, older people, people with physical and sensory impairment, and carers.

Coalfields Regeneration

Our aims are to champion and strengthen coalfield communities, generate resources to respond to their needs and deliver programmes that make a positive and lasting difference.

Community Shop

Community Shop is a social enterprise that is empowering individuals and building stronger communities, by realising the social potential of surplus food. The shop is a partnership project between Coalfields Regeneration Trust, Community Shop and stakeholders including Barnsley Council, which provided the asset transfer of the building and Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group.

Credit Union

Our mission is to have a positive impact on individuals, families and communities living and working within our Common Bond by providing a range of accessible, affordable and quality credit union services, and so to improve people’s quality of life.

Crisis Skylight South Yorkshire

Crisis is the national charity for single homeless people. Crisis Skylight South Yorkshire offers a wide range of creative and accredited learning opportunities, and a dedicated employment service to help people who are homeless or vulnerably housed get qualified, and find and keep jobs.

Dexx Skatepark (In collaboration with Astara Training Ltd)

We are proudly a non profit social enterprise and all profits help us support a wider community. At Dexx we put family at the heart of everything we do. Our aim is to provide a safe fun and positive environment for young people to socialise,learn,work and grow in.

Elsecar Heritage Centre

A not-profit, charitable, company who preserve railway heritage and make is accessible to people to enjoy and learn about. We maintain 1 mile of live track and are growing rapidly to open another mile and a new station at Cortonwood. We run diesel and steam engines. We also educate about the purpose and environment of the railway, especially the iron and coal history. We are a 100% voluntary organisation.

Enterprising Barnsley

We can help you with forming your business idea and help in making it a reality. A lot of people think that you have to have a degree and have lots of money to start a business, which isn’t the case, if you have a product or a service that you can sell and there are people who want to buy it, then that is a business

Family Information Services

It provides information for all the family. You can search the entire directory or use the sections below to find services in your area. For local healthcare services, you can search NHS Choices.

Friends of Hemingfield Colliery

The Friends of Hemingfield Colliery is working hard to transform Hemingfield Colliery into an exciting visitor destination. We are a team of volunteers who are excited about industrial heritage and history, and are working hard to preserve and restore this beautiful site. We are always looking for people to come and join us in this exciting project. The project team is currently working hard on ground clearance and building work, and are seeking assistance in these areas.

Future Carears

If you’re enthusiastic, enjoy working with people and have the ability to maintain relationships, a career in social care could open up a whole host of options to you. To help get you on to the social care careers path, you can access free training through our Future Carers programme.

Green Works (Cannon Hall)

At Greenworks we participate within a range of horticultural/agricultural based activities including garden maintenance, growing food and plants to sell and caring for a range of livestock. We support people in developing work and independence skills whilst having fun and making friends. The cost of attending Greenworks can be met through entitlement to Individual Budgets and as volunteers.

Green Works +

At Greenworks plus, we support in developing employability and independence skills whilst socialising and enjoying the working day. Greenworks Cannon Hall work with BMBC to develop and further enhance work skills to prepare you for the work of work.

Ground Work/ Talent Work

Our vision is to promote active citizenship, support disadvantaged communities and improve open spaces across South Yorkshire by helping people develop their potential. From our two offices based in Sheffield and Barnsley, our projects seek to inspire all sections of the community find practical solutions to the challenges they face, whether this is participating in training and education, securing employment, creating a sustainable business enterprise or developing their local environment.

Guide Dogs South Yorkshire

At Guide Dogs South Yorkshire, we will not rest until people who are blind or partially sighted can enjoy the same freedom of movement as everyone else.

Jobcentre Plus

Jobcentre Plus is a government-funded employment agency and social security office that can be found in most cities, whose aim it is to help people of working age find employment in the UK. It was formed when the Employment Service merged with the Benefits Agency and was renamed Jobcentre Plus in 2002.

Love Where You Live

Love Where You Live is all about inspiring us all to think about where we live and finding ways to transform and make it a place we can all take pride in now and in the future. Love Where You Live is taking place across the whole of Barnsley. No matter where you live you will be able to get involved.


Luminar (Barnsley) is a registered domestic abuse charity. We exist to deliver an easily accessible domestic abuse service that aims to empower children, adults and families to lead fulfilling lives through education and support. We also offer a wide range of therapeutic interventions.


We are a passionate group of people committed to changing the world for everyone with a learning disability. Mencap is the leading voice of learning disability. Everything we do is about valuing and supporting people with a learning disability, and their families and carers.

Naturewood Outdoor Activities

We are a small organisation based from Silverwood Scout camp providing a short break in an outdoor environment for disabled children access the outdoors and enjoy discovering the wonders of nature

NCT Barnsley and Penistone

NCT Barnsley & Penistone branch is your local parent support network, helping you become the parent you want to be. Our branch is led by volunteers and offer local parents and parents to be invaluable support, services and NCT events.


The NSPCC school service aims to reach and protect every primary school child (4-11 years old) and empower school communities to fight for every childhood. The NSPCC Schools Service (formerly ChildLine Schools Service) uses specially trained volunteers to talk to primary school children about abuse using our Speak out Stay safe programme.

Princes Trust

Volunteer for a range of opportunities such as supporting and mentoring alongside offering advice and guidance.

Recovery College

We offer a range of educational courses designed in partnership with people who have experience of mental and physical health problems – to offer everyone the chance to learn a new skill, build on your strengths or become an expert in your own self care.

Reds in the Community (Barnlsey FC)

Reds in the Community is registered charity delivering community and charitable activities on behalf of Barnsley Football Club. We use the power of football and Barnsley Football Club to engage and improve the lives of local people.

Refugee Council

The Refugee Council works directly with refugees, and supporting them to rebuild their lives. We also speak up for refugees using our direct work as an evidence base, and ensure refugees have a stronger and more influential voice in decisions that will affect them. We work with a range of partners and in collaboration to ensure we can best support our clients.

Rotherham and Barnsley Mind

Rotherham and Barnsley Mind's Social Media Volunteer offers support to the Inclusion Coordinator in developing and maintaining various streams of social media for our service users with mental health issues and other organisations to view. The Social Media will help promote Rotherham and Barnsley Mind's services, advertise community events in which we are involved and aid in the recruitment of additional volunteers.

Samaritans Barnsley Branch

Its our Mission to alleviate emotional distress and reduce the incidence of suicide feelings and suicidal behaviour. We offer a safe place for you to talk any time you like, in your own way – about whatever’s getting to you.

Sea Cadets

Our aim is simple; To keep our young people of BARNSLEY on the 'straight and narrow. To do this we use a nautical theme based on the customs and traditions of the Royal Navy. The young people we accept are both boys and girls aged between 10 - 18.

Skills Village

The Constructions Skills Village was developed with the simple aim of bringing education and industry closer together. Work towards an industry recognised qualification in construction with over 1500 Students attend Industry Workshops!


SSAFA is the oldest Military Charity in the UK, providing to support all those in need that are serving in the Armed device and ex- serving and their families.

St John Ambulance Barnsley

With thousands of training courses across the country, including a full suite of first aid, risk assessment, fire marshal, and moving and handling courses, we enable hundreds of thousands of people to be the difference in their workplace – and outside of work – to protect their colleagues, family, friends, and members of the community.

Stop Smoking Barnsley

Our services are free, friendly and flexible and you will always have access to our specialist advisors who have helped 1000s of people to go smoke-free.

Tads Young peoples wellbeing centre 11-18

The Project is based at The Core, County Way, Barnsley, S70 2JW. We provide a drop in service on Tuesdays 3.30pm to 4.30pm for new young people ONLY, to come and meet us, pick up some information and register. At 4.30pm we have a social group for young people to meet and keep in touch after they have completed the group sessions. On Wednesdays and Thursdays we provide group sessions where you will learn techniques to manage your anxiety, stress, anger and depression.

The Base Yorkshire

The Base Yorkshire offer a range of courses including Hair and Beauty, Teaching, First Aid and Manual Handling.

The Civic

Independent arts centre in the heart of Barnsley, South Yorkshire. Year-round programme of activities including: exhibitions, theatre, comedy, cinema, family, dance, music and events.

The Exodus Project

Helping children and young people in less advantaged communities. We are about building trusting and lasting relationships with children and young people and investing in the disadvantaged communities in which many of them live. As well as the activity clubs, our work involves activity holidays, home visiting, schools work and community engagement. In partnership, we are making a difference.

The Northern College

The Northern College is a residential college dedicated to the education and training of men and women who are without formal qualifications and are seeking to return to learning. It also offers training for those who are active in community and voluntary groups as well as in trade unions .

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is a Christian organisation and part of the universal Christian Church. Its message and the lifestyle it advocates are based on the Bible's teaching. Its work is to make known the good news about Jesus Christ and to persuade people to become his followers


To assist our members in their employment with their terms & conditions for a better, healthier workplace, to negotiate and defend our members, to fight for equality and justice, to defend our members and fight for pay

Voluntary Action Barnsley (VAB)

Voluntary Action Barnsley (VAB) makes every effort to keep the information in this website up to date and accurate, but we cannot accept responsibility for any loss or damage which may happen from using any information.

Wise Ability

WISE Ability helps employers find the right staff, and jobseekers to find meaningful work via employment, training, mental health services and other support services. Our employment services are cost-free to eligible jobseekers and employers.

Yorkshire Sport Foundation

Whether you’re a volunteer looking to get involved, or a sports club or event looking to recruit people to help fill your roles, we’ve all the information to help you get what you need.

Yorkshire Sport Foundation

We are always looking for a wide variety of volunteers, to assist with the broad range of services we offer. Such as; Learning Support Assistants, Support Workers, Catering Assistants, Receptionists/Administrators, Pass-It-On Shop Assistants, Drivers Mate or Drivers, Antiques & Restoration Support, Travel Companions, Lunch Club Volunteers, Dementia Reading Champions, Let’s Move volunteers and Befrienders.

Useful Volunteering Resources

Voluntary Action Barnsley (VAB)

Voluntary Action Barnsley (VAB) has been providing support to the voluntary and community sector for over 20 years. Did you know that there are over 900 voluntary and community groups in Barnsley? And over 20,000 volunteers? Find out how to get involved.

Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council

Get in touch with our Parks service and become a volunteer ranger, we'll guide you through the process.