If you are looking to start a career in care, volunteering can help you gain the skills and understanding needed to become an effective and valued worker. Alternatively, if you have care experience and time to spare, you could volunteer and help someone locally within Cardiff and the Vale.

There are many volunteering opportunities available across Cardiff and the Vale of Glamorgan to get involved in social care activities.

Types of activities can include:

  • Befriending services – visiting someone in their own home or take them out to a community venue.
  • Dementia Friends / Dementia Friends Champion – find out more on the Dementia Friends website
  • Group activities – such as arts and crafts, walking groups, lunch clubs, breakfast clubs.
  • Volunteer drivers.
  • Care Home visitor.

You can find opportunities to volunteer on the Volunteering Wales website 

Training for volunteers and development of a career

Having experience as a volunteer will be greatly appreciated if you are considering a career in social care or child care. You will have gained important skills and have an understanding of the types of work that are available.

As a volunteer you may be able to access accredited training depending on the role you undertake. Training may include:

  • Manual Handling,
  • Health and Safety,
  • First Aid, or
  • Safeguarding Children and/or Adults

All training you receive will help you in your voluntary role and can be carried over to a career in care work.


For advice on volunteering and to find opportunities in your area, please visit:

Case study

There are a number of case studies and examples of volunteering in the care sector on the Volunteering Matters website.

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