How to Get Involved in Your Community

If you’re passionate about improving your local community there are lots of ways you can get involved. We've updated this article with some new opportunities from Co-op to support local causes. 

Why should I volunteer?

There are loads of reasons to volunteer.

Not only will it make you feel really good about yourself for helping other people it can also help you:

  • Learn new skills
  • Make new friends
  • Have fun
  • Gain experience
  • Enhance your CV or job applications

How can I get started? 

Check out lots of different opportunities on Volunteer Scotland and Project Scotland's websites. Or maybe you are interested in something more particular...

Co-op and local causes 

Young woman giving a man some fruit and veg

Are you involved in a brilliant local group or project that helps people access food, improves mental wellbeing or provides opportunities for young people? If you have a way to contact the organisers you could let them know about the Co-op Local Community FundApplications open from 4 May 2021. 

Want to get involved with local causes yourself? Visit Co-operate to discover all kinds of opportunities to make good things happen in your community. 

Did you also know that if you're over 16 you can become a Co-op Member for £1 and give back to a chosen local cause every time you shop at Co-op? There are also weekly money-saving offers, which can be used with the 10% discount for Young Scot cardholders, because it doesn’t hurt to look after your money while you’re helping out. 


Placard saying 'we need a change' at a protest

If politics takes your fancy you can start off with your school council, the Scottish Youth Parliament or European Youth Parliament. Or why not check out what your local Community Council is getting up to? 


Box of mixed recycling

Find out what environmental volunteering opportunities there are near you.

You can make an impact on the environment with small steps, such as helping to clean up your area, reusing and recycling, getting involved in environmental and conservation projects, or buying fair-trade products.

You can also find a whole bunch of opportunities to get involved in helping the environment from the National Trust for Scotland, The Conservation Volunteers in Scotland and the Forum for Environmental Volunteering Activity.

Getting Involved with Young Scot 

Two young people looking at post-it notes on a board

Ok, ok, we may be a little biased, but we think Young Scot is a great first stop to get started in helping out your community. We’re always on the lookout for passionate, opinionated young people who are keen to make a difference. 

To find out what Young Scot are working on and how you can join in, check out our Get Involved page.

You can also get your hands on cool stuff by taking part in positive activities with Young Scot Membership.

Your Rewards points code is: KOFPXCC0. Go to Young Scot Membership to redeem your points.