​Volunteering is a great way to help your local community, build your CV and create new social networks.

It can be a few hours a month or a few days a week. The variety of different roles is huge and ex-military personnel have a great range of skills that are highly valued by the voluntary sector.

The following groups all work closely with the Armed Forces Covenant:

Countywide volunteer groups

Voluntary Impact Northamptonshire, based in Northampton, offer support to voluntary groups and can assist in finding the right volunteer role for you.

The Royal British Legion and SSAFA are very active in the county and always on the lookout for new volunteers to assist our veteran community and their families in time of need.

Get Involved Northamptonshire lists a wide range of local volunteering opportunities available in Northamptonshire.

Volunteering with young people

To volunteer alongside young people, develop new skills yourself and support young people to grow and develop themselves, there are various organisations you can join. All those listed below have local branches within Northamptonshire:

Local volunteer groups

Emergency response volunteers

If you would like something a bit different you can also volunteer with the emergency response teams such as the Police, Fire and Rescue, Red Cross, search and rescue and the 4x4 response team.

Paul Andrews, ex-serviceman talks about his volunteering experience

Paul Andrews, ex-serviceman talks about how volunteering helped him to gain employable skills after leaving the military: