The benefits of volunteering - for anyone, any age, are endless. Volunteering expands your understanding of other people's lives and is a source of great personal hope. Volunteering develops an increased sense of social responsibility and a heart for giving back and helping others. Volunteers are exposed to diversity and multiculturalism, relationships are built and social cohesion is developed and encouraged.

Community Hours is delighted to offer volunteering opportunities to volunteers of all ages.

With our Star System you can quickly see which volunteering opportunities are best suited to your needs.

Family Friendly

Family friendly opportunities are a great way for families to have fun and feel closer. Many people say that they don't have time to volunteer after fulfilling work and family commitments. If that's the case, try rethinking some of your family free time - you can select one or two projects a year and make them a family tradition to participate in. It is important to note that all children under the age of 13 have to be accomponied by an adult.


Community Hours was originally established for volunteers. Completing a certain number of community engagement hours is a compulsory requirement per the school curriculum. Community Hours offers out-of-the-box volunteering opportunities for volunteers, we look to truly engage teens, encouraging them to go beyond the number of prescribed hours and become more active citizens.


Certain organisations require volunteers who are over the age of 16. The reasons are varied - they may require volunteers who have a certain skill set, who are able to take on a position of authority and leadership, or who have experience in a specific area. With more and more adults volunteering, this is an ideal opportunity for young adults and older adults who are willing to give themselves and their time to give of themselves and their time to affect change.
No matter what your age there are nothing but benefits to volunteering!

Volunteering is good for your health!

The guardian asked the question: "Is it time for doctors to prescrie volunteering?" Research conducted by Harvard School of Public Health indicates that people who volunteered spent 38% fewer nights in hospital than those that volunteer. Volunteers of all ages enjoy better health, more stamina and lower stress levels.

Family volunteering feels good

The satisfaction and pride that comes from helping others is an important reason to volunteer.

Volunteering strengthens your community

When a community is doing well as a whole, its induviduals are better off too and you are leaving the world in a better state than how you found it!

Volunteering will teach your children:

A sense of responsibility - teens learn what it means to make and keep a commitment, how to be on time, do their best and be proud of the results. Ultimately the lesson is that we are all responsible for the well-being of our communities.

That one person can make a difference - change starts with me.

The benefit of sacrifice - by giving up time, taking the time to sort and donate previously loved clothes, books and stationery, teaches teens an attitude of gratitude, and the great needs of others.

Tolerance - community service brings teens in touch with people of different backgrounds, abilities, ethnicities, ages, and education & income levels. They'll learn that even the most diverse individuals can be united by common values.

Job skills - community service can help young people decide on their future careers. Learning to work as a team member, taking on leadership skills, interpersonal skills, and communication skills are all skills that can be gained by volunteering and will serve teens well in the future.