Volunteering for Women’s Charities

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By volunteering for a women’s charity, you are joining the fight for basic women’s rights such as equal pay, paid maternity leave and a chance at gaining an education. Women’s charities are passionate about gender equality and support women who may be poor, deprived or victims of domestic abuse. By volunteering for a women’s charity you could also be enabling women across the globe to reach their full potential and achieve their goals.

Full training is usually provided, so you don’t require a background in a related field. If you want a rewarding role that empowers women, both young and old, this could be right for you.

What sort of roles are available?


Voluntary Counsellors and Mentors are fully trained to respond to women’s needs either in person or over the phone via helplines. Many women who access the mentoring and counselling services are (or have been), victims of domestic and/or sexual violence. They are usually looking for advice as to how to cope and where to turn next. All mentors are fully trained and given the appropriate skills and knowledge to be able to deal with sensitive issues.

Many women in vulnerable positions may feel that they have no one to turn to and although they may try to access help, they can sometimes have challenges communicating their needs or opening up fully about their circumstances. They may also have issues with trust, so you may need to build up a relationship with each woman in order to give them the help they need.  For this reason, this role is best suited to someone who is patient and empathetic.

Charities such as Women’s Aid take voluntary counsellors and mentors.

Teaching/Activity Leader

You may want to get involved in teaching women and girls abroad who are currently deprived of education. For more information on this, please visit our Volunteering Abroad page.

For opportunities to teach, guide and influence young girls through activities, games, projects and events in the UK, why not volunteer with Girl Guiding UK? This charity aims to develop confidence in young girls by exposing them to new life skills and experiences. You can volunteer as much or as little time as you wish, either in a leading or supporting role.

Find out why young girls from Girl Guiding UK are so grateful to volunteers

Additional roles supporting women’s charities

For more information on supporting women’s charities in ‘behind the scenes’ roles, please click through to our Office & Admin and Fundraising pages, or explore the range of charities below.

Which charities can I support?

Women’s Aid, Plan International, Action Aid, Refuge UK, My Body Back, Savera UK, The Fawcett Society, Girl Guiding UK

Volunteering in your local community

For local volunteering roles with women’s charities, you could speak to your local women’s refuge centres for more information about current vacancies and how to apply.

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