Volunteers are people like you and me

Volunteers come from all walks of life and have lots of different reasons for getting involved in volunteering.

Shantelle volunteers at the Leander Media Centre in Lewisham, London, helping kids in the local community get experience in television production - find out why she does it by reading Shantelle's story.

Use the navigation and drop-down menu on the left to explore other real life volunteer stories to find out what the people who actually go out volunteering think of it.

To see more real-life volunteers in action, why not tune in to The Community Channel (Freeview 46, NTL 14, Telewest 233 and Sky 585) the channel dedicated to inspiring us all to do more with our lives.