Our volunteers have been at the heart of everything we do for more than four decades. We try to provide a wide range of opportunities to get involved in order to provide world-class planning advice and support for communities and individuals.
What can I do as a volunteer?
In order to meet the diverse needs of individuals and communities we need a range of volunteers with different skill sets, interests and expertise. We offer a number of opportunities for volunteers to help us and these include:
- promoting PAE and the services and support we offer within your own organisation and/or local area
- as a casework volunteer, supporting eligible individuals or groups with planning related matters
- reviewing guidance and publications
- assisting with community consultation and engagement
Have a look at our volunteering leaflet (pdf, 1 mb) to find out more.
Do I need to be MRTPI?
You don't need to be MRTPI to volunteer with Planning Aid England, but only Chartered Member volunteers can give planning advice. Volunteers who are at a different stage of RTPI membership (e.g. Licentiate, Retired), or are not RTPI members, will be able to get involved in other activities depending on their interests and skills. More information about the kind of roles available.
I'm interested. What next?
If you'd like to volunteer for Planning Aid England, you'll need to complete our registration form.
Once you've registered as a volunteer with us, our Planning Advisors will let you know what's happening in your area and the volunteering opportunities available.
Please be aware that these opportunities will depend on the needs of the communities or groups we're working with, so will be flexible and vary in terms of time commitment. We don't offer fixed-term placements or work shadowing.