Not sure how to become a volunteer? Have a question about getting involved? Click below to find the answers to common queries about volunteering.

How do I apply to become a Railway Children volunteer?

To apply or for more information, please click on the relevant opportunity below and send an email to the contact listed on that page. They will send you more information and an application form.

In your local area

At rail events


How much time do I need to commit?

This is up to you. We know that your time is precious and that some people are able to commit more time than others.

Some roles require a time commitment - for example volunteer coordinator positions. Others, such as helping at collections or fundraising events, are more flexible.

Your local volunteer coordinator will be able to discuss this with you.


Do I need any special skills or experience?

For most volunteering opportunities, you just need the desire to make a difference and a lot of enthusiasm!

Occasionally we advertise for specific volunteer roles, and in these cases there will be a role specification.


Can I claim expenses?

Yes, we will reimburse you for reasonable expenses that you may incur during the course of volunteer activities.


Do I need references?

You will be asked to supply two references on your application form.


Will training be provided?

Your volunteer coordinator will provide a volunteer induction session. If further support and training is needed for the role, this will be provided.


Can I volunteer at your head office?

From time to time we have a limited number of opportunities for volunteers to help out in our head office in Sandbach, Cheshire. We will advertise these on our website as and when they become available.


Can I volunteer at one of your projects?

For child protection reasons and the nature of the vulnerabilities of the children we work with, we are unable to offer volunteer opportunities at any of our projects in the UK or overseas.


What if I can't find the right volunteer opportunity for me?

If you can't find the information you're looking for, please email