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Volunteering brings enormous benefits and enjoyment, not only to beneficiaries, but to communities and to volunteers themselves.

Volunteering is an opportunity to connect with others, make new friends and give something back to the community. It can:

  • improve physical and mental health
  • reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation
  • support the development of employability and life skills
  • and empower communities

No matter what your interests are or why you want to volunteer, there is an opportunity for everyone.

Volunteering opportunities

Find out what volunteering opportunities we have within Vibrant Communities.

Download our Volunteering Handbook (PDF 900Kb) for further information and advice.

Youth volunteering

Youth volunteering offers children and young people the opportunity to help their local community through a range of activities. Young people who are eager to be instrumental in making positive changes to the world around them should be encouraged to do so.

If your organisation is thinking of offering opportunities for young people, visit youth volunteering for more information.

Volunteer Centre East Ayrshire

Volunteer Centre East Ayrshire can provide information for voluntary groups who are looking for volunteers, or if you are an individual who wishes to volunteer.

Services provided include:

  • access to local and national database of volunteering opportunities
  • drop-in centre in Kilmarnock town centre and Cumnock for people wishing to volunteer
  • advice and training sessions on the disclosure system for individuals and groups
  • hints and tips on recruiting and retaining volunteers

A list of volunteering opportunities is available at Volunteer Scotland.

If you are interested in volunteering within the East Ayrshire area please phone 01563 544765 or email for further information.

East Ayrshire Council of Voluntary Organisations

East Ayrshire Council of Voluntary Organisations (CVOEA) can provide information for voluntary groups in East Ayrshire or for individuals who wish to volunteer. The services provided include:

  • assistance with funding applications
  • assistance with development of constitutions
  • access to trust fund information and fund finder
  • access to typing services and photocopying facilities
  • training for management committee and volunteers

Volunteers' week video

Watch a video of Eddie Fraser, Chief Executive, thanking all of our volunteers throughout East Ayrshire.


Are you caring, reliable and flexible? Can you spare a few hours each week?

In return you will gain:

  • comprehensive training
  • ongoing support
  • out of pocket expenses
  • the satisfaction of making a difference to a young life

Young people

We offer a befriending for children and young people age 5-18 years old. Befrienders are volunteers who support befriendees to take part in positive social and recreational activities.

The outings include aspects of building trust, working towards intended outcomes and building confidence in the children and young people.

Older people

Here in East Ayrshire there’s no excuse for our older people to be left alone or lonely and we all have a role to play in preventing this. There’s lots that you can do to help:

  • if you have an elderly relative, friend or neighbour – maybe someone who recently lost a spouse or partner – check in on them now and then and spend some time chatting, you’ll enjoy it
  • if you’re worried about an older person you know needing a bit of help because they are lonely – why not refer them for a befriender!
  • if you have an hour or two to spare every week or every month why not become a befriender for an older person – you can be any age our youngest befriender is 33 and our oldest is 73

For further information visit the Befriending Networks website.

Benefits of befriending

Keiran talks about how befriending has helped him in the following audio recording:

Listen: Keiran and Karen Connor from East Ayrshire Council
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Read quotes about the benefits of befriending:

It’s a very worthwhile service - giving children the opportunity to be friends and confident with someone outside the immediate family. Jemma has grown in confidence since being involved in the service.

I think it is a very worthwhile service and makes a big difference to the children using it.”



Befriending is good – you get to go out places and it helps to keep me out of trouble.

My befriender helps me to chill out and do well at school. The trampoline park was my favourite.

I’m happy that I am going to the club now.”

John, aged 11


I enjoyed watching my befriendee grow in confidence and self-worth."


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