An important part of the work of Olubadan is to support and encourage public and voluntary service. One of the ways in which His Majesty does this is through involvement with charities and other organisations. Olubadan has over 200 patronages. These cover every area of the charity and voluntary sector, from opportunities for young people, to preservation of wildlife and the environment.

Involvement with these organisations helps to recognise their achievements, and helps to recognise the contributions of many different sectors of public life.