do-it

This crisply designed website was launched in 2001, the brainchild of broadcaster, Martyn Lewis. Part of the charity, YouthNet UK, do-it is the only national database of volunteering opportunities in the UK. With over 70,000 such positions on its database, it is the place to look. Whether you have an hour or a month to spare, there are placements all over the UK. If you want to volunteer and make a difference in your community, do-it can help.

The vacancies come from local Volunteer Bureaux in England. Charities have been given the wherewithal to upload information direct onto do-it's website, thus making the information up to the minute. Search the database by postcode or town, which turns round results in seconds, giving the distance between your home and possible place of work. There are also volunteering opportunities abroad and some which are residential. The links to like minded websites broaden the spectrum even more.

The do-it magazine has a number of well written features as well as the do-it blog, where you can add your own comments to topical issues. It is aimed at people involved in the volunteering community but all can join in.

If you are new to volunteering, About volunteering answers a myriad of questions, from FAQs to useful tips, background information on various opportunity categories with case studies. If you are considering starting your own campaign or organisation, follow do-it's sensible advice.

This is an excellent website, a perfect example in good design and at the same time providing a very valuable service in the community.

2013