Volunteering for The Donna Louise is win:win. You’ll be making a real difference to our families and you’ll get a lot out of it, too.

Volunteering is a great way of helping you to connect with the local community, especially if you’re new to the area, it can help you get to know your neighbourhood and make new friends. It’s also a good way to practice and develop your social skills, especially if you’re naturally shy and find it hard to meet new people. There is also lots of evidence that volunteering has a positive impact on your health. Research has shown that volunteering can increase a volunteer’s longevity, improve their mental health, keep them fitter and help them to cope better with illness.

There are plenty of ways you can help and you can give as much or as little time as you wish. Many of our volunteers found they had time on their hands after retiring or when their children started school, and they wanted to put their skills to good use.

But we also offer opportunities for younger people, students and graduates to get involved and volunteering can be a great way to enhance your CV by gaining new skills, knowledge and experience as well as developing existing skills and knowledge.

Most importantly volunteering can be great fun! However you get involved you’ll be a valuable part of a team and you’ll have the satisfaction of knowing that you’re making a vital contribution to the lives of the children and young adults with a life-limiting condition, and their families.

As a volunteer at The Donna Louise we'll keep you up to date with everything that's going on through our volunteer newsletter V News. It's full of great volunteering stories and a chance to find out about other ways to support us.