Through the Service section you can volunteer in your community, meet people and see how your service benefits those around you. Volunteering over a period of time enables you to meet people within the community whom you might not otherwise engage with and realise the positive difference you can make to your community. It can also help improve skills such as team work, communication and self-confidence.

Example Ideas

Here's a list of some Service ideas that you could do or use as a starting point to create a programme of your own.

People in the Community

  • Visiting people in need, such as elderly or disabled people, on a regular basis to provide assistance with shopping, gardening or other domestic tasks, or simple to keep them company
  • Voluntary work in hospitals and care centres
  • Visiting prisons or detention centres under the auspices of the proper authorities
  • Helping with a local community radio, newspaper or blog
  • Sports coaching or leadership
  • First aid - doing a course and then making their skills available to the benefit of the local community, ie: being a fist-aider at football matches or dance competitions and so on

Community Education and Health Education

  • Working with experienced persons to educate the local community, or specific groups within it, on important issues such as prevention of leprosy or malaria, combating HIV / AIDS, primary health care, immunisation campaigns, drug or alcohol awareness education
  • Teaching a person to read or write

Environmental Service

  • Participating in a conservation project such as clearing wasteland, cleaning a river, or caring for threatened wildlife or trees
  • Caring for a public or school garden
  • Providing, maintaining and encouraging the use of public waste collection
  • Caring for animals
  • Working in a clean-up campaign
  • Promoting environmental sustainability

Youth Work

  • Acting in a leadership role in a youth club or uniformed youth organisation
  • Assisting in the teaching of primary school children

Charity Work

  • Fundraising for a charity
  • Creating or maintain a charity website or newsletter

Emergency Services

  • Helping an emergency service team, such as the fire services, surf life-saving, lifeboats, coastguard, police, mountain rescue or civil defence
  • Assisting with local or national disaster operations

All the information on this page has come from The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award's Guide for Bronze / Silver / Gold Participants