Employment and volunteering

Information and advice about employment, volunteering, training and work experience.

Having the right training or experience can help you to prepare for and get a job.

Our directory lists opportunities for training, work placements and work experience.

Gov.uk (opens in a new window) has information on help with finding a job including skills and training.

Turn 2 Us (opens in a new window) offer grants to help you towards the cost of training courses. 


Volunteering can be a positive way to spend your time and be involved with your local community. Some of the benefits of volunteering are:

  • meeting new people and making new friends
  • feeling a sense of purpose and achievement
  • learning new skills
  • improving confidence and self-esteem
  • staying physically and mentally healthy 

Volunteering cannot directly help you to get a job, but many companies recognise the value of work experience and skills learned during volunteering.

Find volunteering opportunities

You can also find opportunities for volunteering at your local volunteer centre.

Community Action Network (opens in a new window) have a Volunteering Hub (opens in a new window) where you can search for volunteering opportunities, advertise volunteering vacancies and access support and advice on all aspects of volunteering.  There is also  Volunteer Centre Dorset (opens in a new window) and  Poole Volunteer Centre (opens in a new window).

We have details of some local organisations that offer volunteering opportunities in our directory.

Government support

The  Work and Health Programme (opens in a new window) can help you find and keep a job if you're out of work. The type of help you get depends on what you need.

An  Access to Work (opens in a new window) grant can pay for practical support if you have a disability, health or mental health condition. It covers things like special equipment and fares to get to work if you cannot use public transport. Access to Work can help you to start work, stay in work or move into self-employment.

Council support

If you have a disability, require support and are looking for work, contact us to request an assessment.

If you live in Poole,  COAST (opens in a new window) may help you to find a work placement if you are disabled.

Other help

Citizens Advice (opens in a new window) has advice if you feel you have been discriminated at work because of your disability.

Page last updated: 15/04/2021 11:00