Volunteer for us

Every year, we support families across the country to work through difficult experiences such as poverty, behavioural problems, problems with services and schools, relationship stresses, communication breakdowns and countless other issues. We could not support these families without the dedication, passion and generosity of over 200 volunteers.

Investing in Volunteers

We are delighted that this year we gained the Investing in Volunteers quality standard for good practice in volunteer management. 

Our volunteers are at the heart of everything we do at Family Lives. If you’d like to help others cope with the ups and downs of family life, we’re always looking to welcome new faces to our amazing team.

What can I do?

We have a wide range of volunteering roles available. You could provide administrative support to one of our offices, attend events on our behalf, visit families in community settings or their own homes, take calls on our helpline, or share your personal story with the media to raise awareness of the issues that families face. You can see a list of current opportunities and how to apply here.

What will I gain from volunteering?

Our volunteers often tell us how rewarding their time with us is: you'll be part of a compassionate community and feel a real sense of pride for what you do. You'll meet new people, gain valuable experience, and develop your skillset.

We're passionate about helping people to reach their full potential, so we'll offer you full training suitable for the role, supervision from a named member of staff, including help setting personal development goals, and opportunities to increase skills and input into practice via regular Practice Development Groups. If you work directly with parents, you’ll also get the opportunity to work towards a qualification through the AptEd organisation.

How do I apply?

You’ll need to complete an application form to apply for your chosen role. You can find full information about each opportunity, as well as the contact details you’ll need to apply here.

Download our Volunteer Pack

This pack has everything you need to know about volunteering for Family Lives- get it here.



Family Lives is delighted to be a recipient of The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Volunteering Award 2012, which commemorated Her Majesty’s 60-year reign.

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For support call our confidential helpline on 0808 800 2222 or email us at askus@familylives.org.uk. Your opinion matters, please share your views on our website by filling in our survey.