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Overview of volunteer roles

Volunteer roles overview

We are very grateful to our Planning Aid  volunteers, without whom Planning Aid England's work to support neighbourhoods, communities and individuals to positively influence local places would be impossible.  Volunteering gives you the opportunity to develop your skills, to contribute to improving people's quality of life, and to broaden your professional network.  You will be supported throughout your volunteering experience by  Planning Aid England staff.

There are opportunities available for all types of volunteers including Chartered and non-Chartered RTPI members, planning students, retired members, non-planners and professionals from other disciplines.   To ensure we offer the best service and for professional indemnity reasons , we only allow Chartered members of the RTPI to give professional planning advice on behalf of Planning Aid England. However, there are many other exciting and fulfilling ways to help support Planning Aid England which do not include giving specific professional planning advice. 

Our volunteer roles are evolving constantly to reflect volunteer feedback, the needs of those we help and changes in the planning systems.

The current volunteer opportunities we offer fit into the following broad categories:

  • Casework and planning advice (MRTPI required)
  • Consultation and community engagement
  • Developing resources and guidance
  • Delivering training
  • Mentoring less experienced volunteers
  • Neighbourhood planning support
  • Organising events and training for volunteers
  • Promoting the benefits of volunteering, sharing experiences of PAE and recruiting new members
  • Promoting and raising the profile of PAE 

 You can find details of the volunteer roles here