Become a volunteer and support your community

Centre for Alternative Technology (CAT)


Supporting the volunteers service

Dan in Engineering

Volunteers were responsible for starting CAT over 35 years ago. Today they still form an invaluable part of the CAT family. 

Supporting our volunteers means that you help us do more work while keeping our costs down, but you also support the training and development of young people keen to help all of us move to a sustainable future.

"It allowed me the chance to acquire hands on experience, a real sense of achievement and enabled me to pick up invaluable skills from a trained professional. It was hugely satisfying seeing a project from beginning to end.” Dan Halahan, Engineering Volunteer

Previous volunteers have gone on to work at Forum for the Future, Greenpeace, CAT, Dulas Engineering, further study, to manage Anaerobic Digestion plants at Marmite, run eco-teams for Global Action Plan and work in marine conservation and gardening projects.

“Working hard, for free, is a serious contribution to the centre, each influx of committed eager and enthusiastic people brings a renewed sense of purpose to the centre.” Alana Hughes Gardening Volunteer 2007

£1000 contributes towards a volunteer's costs, including travel expenses, a free hot lunch every day, safety equipment, tools and a place on two CAT short training courses.


  • Yes! I’d like to sponsor a whole placement and receive reports from my volunteer. Contact Chris Moreton to find out more about the scheme.


Thoughts of previous volunteers:

Tabitha and her building‘ I had a fantastic winter as a volunteer in the CAT information dept. It was a brilliant working and learning environment where I was surrounded by real experts in the fields of renewable energy, energy efficiency, green building, waste management and organic gardening. I am now continuing with energy efficiency advice working at the Centre for Sustainability in Bristol where I am using and building on the information I learnt at CAT every day!’ Louise Rutterford Summer Information Volunteer
‘ The experience of coming to CAT was made better by getting to live with a really great group of people that really strive to live sustainably.’ Richard Bridle Winter Engineering Volunteer
‘ It has been an excellent opportunity to learn about environmental issues, giving me invaluable experience of working in the Media department of a charity. Above all, it has been a very enjoyable part of my life.’Arthur Girling Media Volunteer