Support your local environment
We have a number of volunteering opportunities available that you can sign up to and support your local environment.
Volunteering is a great way to get involved in your community and help tidy up the area you live in. Whether you're interested in litter picking, planting in a community garden or making a difference to our parks and countryside, we have a range of volunteering opportunities available.
Civil Contingencies Unit
Could you help in an emergency? Volunteers are needed to assist in Emergency Assistance Centres that are set up in response to emergencies such as large fires, severe weather, power outages or large transport related accidents. This could include helping to run the centre, directing people to where they can find help, working with emergency services and providing general help to people involved in the incident.
While volunteers are not expected to work at the scene of an emergency, please take into consideration that centres may be located close by to the incident scene.
To find out more visit the emergency plans and planning page.
Composter volunteer scheme
Are you crazy about compost? You can join our team of enthusiastic composting volunteers, called master composters, and promote the benefits of home composting as a way of reducing waste and helping the environment. You'd help us to give advice and tips on getting the most out of composting and even give demonstrations at local events and schools.
Parks and countryside
If you love the outdoors, why not become a countryside volunteer. You could make a real difference within your local parks and countryside whether improving the biodiversity of a site, getting your hands dirty digging or helping with maintenance. It's also a great way to explore our beautiful countryside and from wild moors, wooded dales and sweeping coastline to urban wildlife havens there's something for everyone. Apply to be a countryside volunteer through the Culture and sport volunteering portal.
Take pride in your community and help make our neighbourhoods a cleaner, greener place to live by getting involved with our Civic Pride team.
The team can connect you with like-minded people and help you or your community group organise an event. They can loan you equipment, offer funding advice and promote your event through different networks.
Examples include: tidying up an outdoor open space, painting the fence at a local park, litter picking a cycleway, or installing some planters outside a community building.