Volunteering has got lots to offer...
- Build your self-confidence
- Gain some real skills and experience
- Improve your career prospects
- Update your references
- Get involved in a cause or issue that concerns you
- Share your interests and hobbies with other people
- Meet new people and have some fun
- Gain a sense of satisfaction
- Become a part of something that really makes a difference
Some of the things you could try include:
- Conservation projects
- Befriending schemes
- Health projects
- Charity shops
- Working with children
- Office/administration work
- Sports, art and media projects
- Management committee work
- Giving advice and information
- Working with the elderly
- Youth work
What's in it for me?
Volunteering is a two-way thing – you give some of your time and energy and in return you should be getting something out of it. Whatever your reasons for volunteering, you are more likely to enjoy yourself if you know what you want to achieve.
What have I got to offer?
Everyone has got skills to offer even though you may not realise it. As a new volunteer some of the important things you can offer are your enthusiasm, a regular commitment of your time and energy and your desire to get involved and make a difference. It is also useful to think about what new skills you might want to learn.
How much time can I give?
It's entirely up to you – whatever fits in your lifestyle. It may be just a few hours once a month or more regularly a few times a week. Voluntary work opportunities are available in the day, during the evenings or at weekends. You could give a regular commitment of your time or get involved in one off events and activities that happen just once a year.
Find an opportunity
To find an opportunity in your area search the national volunteering database: www.do-it.org