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Who we are is volunteering made easy. Since 2001, we’ve been matching people across the UK with their perfect volunteering opportunity. Today our online database contains over a million volunteer positions which have been entered by Volunteer Centres across England and a number of major charities. Visit to find out more about volunteering and to search for opportunities in your local area, and across a wide range of interests. is owned and run by YouthNet (

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Volunteering can be a great way to meet new people, learn new skills, gain useful experience and make a real difference in your community. can point you in the direction of your perfect volunteering opportunity.

Virtual volunteering

Virtual volunteering allows you to get involved in a range of online activities – from building websites to being part of online advisory groups – at a time and a place that suits you. Visit to find out more about virtual volunteering, and browse our latest opportunities.

Work experience and internships

If you’re just starting out or wanting to change careers, then doing work experience or an internship can be an invaluable way to make valuable contacts and get a sparkling new reference for your CV. Search the database to find your ideal placement.

Why we're on horsesmouth

As a web-based charity, YouthNet believes in taking our information out to young people wherever they are. By setting up a partnership between and Horsesmouth, we hope to increase awareness of volunteering options and opportunities throughout the UK.

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"I''m available to talk about anything that may be bothering you. My specific areas areas are depression, anxiety, and body image issues. However I am available to talk about anything and I always try to help to the best of my abilities. Pleas..."

Latest Pearls of Wisdom

Life is not lost by dying

"“Life is not lost by dying;
life is lost minute by minute,
day by dragging day,
in all the small uncaring ways.”

– Stephen Vincent Benet..."

What is online mentoring?

If you've lived, you've learned...and you've probably got a story to tell. Mentoring online is the perfect way to share your hard earned-wisdom with those who can benefit from your experiences and knowledge, all in a supportive, safe and secure online environment. It takes seconds to sign up and you never know who you might meet!

Can't find the right mentor? Just send a request!

If you've tried using search and browsed the profiles on our site but can't find anyone who's quite right for you, send a request for a mentor to the whole community. You'll get some good responses and one or two may turn into mentoring relationships.

Other users say...


I am very lucky to have found your website. Recently I wrote about a problem which I face very often.... There were 10 responses from 10 mentors. They have really explained to me and made me understand that I do not have any problem. Your services are wonderful and I am very much thankful to all of you.

I have been mentoring on HM for 18 months. I really enjoy it & hopefully I am helping other people. Recently I posted my my first 'request for a mentor'. I have been completely bowled over by the response. So many people taking their time & making the effort to offer constructive advice in a friendly polite manner. For me it completely validates the intent behind HM. It reminds me how many good, helpful people there are out there. Thanks for providing such a great service.
'I called out for mentor assistance a week or so ago.

I have been inundated with unbelievably helpful replies, and now have a toolkit to draw on to start turning around behaviours and mind-sets that have been detrimental in my life.

I just want to thank Horsesmouth and all the amazing people who reached out to me.  Each and every one of you has given me something to think about, and some have given me heaps of material with which to start working.  Now I need to do the work! Thank you so much!' 

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