It’s very easy to get involved. mySociety volunteers work from home, at times that suit them. Volunteering can be something that you do as a one-off, or can become a regular longterm commitment.
So, read on if you have an interest in helping us achieve the aims of our websites, whether that’s increasing access to Freedom of Information, or making public transport better, or helping people improve their own communities. Our projects are many and varied – and so are the kinds of skills that support them.
Volunteering coding and development skills
mySociety’s sites are all open source, meaning that anyone can help out if they know how to code. Some of our codebases have been worked on extensively to make them easy to use for the newcomer. Others are a little more tricky and require a lot of familiarisation before you can really get started. But don’t worry – we’re happy to help, point you in the right direction, answer questions and support you.
Can’t code? Not a problem.
There are plenty of other ways you can help mySociety. Small acts can make a big difference – so read on and find out how.
A little bit about why
“Through my involvement I have met some incredibly talented and inspiring people.” John Cross, WhatDoTheyKnow volunteer
Why do people volunteer for mySociety? Well, in most cases, because they’re interested in what we do, or because they want to help us in our aims.
That warm, fuzzy feeling goes a long way, but there are some other benefits, too:
- Volunteers have grassroots access to our sites. If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like behind the scenes of a large, complex, public-facing website, now you can find out – and if you have ambitions to do something similar yourself, the experience you’ll pick up will be invaluable.
- Many of our sites are still in active development. When we introduce new features or policies, we do so in consultation with our volunteers. So you’ll be shaping the future of the site you work on.
- Like most volunteering activities, a stint with mySociety really boosts a CV.
- mySociety is full of interesting people. You’ll be in on our regular pub meets, social activities and perhaps our annual retreats.