What is volunteering?
A simple explanation to what Volunteering means is giving up your own time (as little or as much as you like) to help others (individuals, groups, communities), without getting paid (apart from expenses).
As well as the fulfilment gained from spending time helping others, there are great benefits for you too. Volunteering is a great way to:
meet new people with the same interest as you and be part of a team
develop and learn new skills
explore new work roles and opportunities
get involved in your community, and gain a sense of achievement
gain references for future jobs and improve your CV
obtain valuable experience for work or further education
share your interests, knowledge and experience
receive funded training
and have FUN!
Volunteering has progressed and widened allowing opportunities for all age groups and backgrounds. Whatever you are seeking or looking to achieve volunteering could provide you with an ideal opportunity to explore this further.
Once you start volunteering assistance may be available to cover out of pocket expenses (eg. travel, lunch); training in preparation for your role, and appropriate support. There may also be opportunities to gain a qualification or other forms of accreditation to add to your CV.
If you are on Job Seekers Allowance then the good news will be that it does not affect your benefits (Subject to you being available to attend interviews).
Every few months we issue a Volunteer Newsletter which has information relating to various activities, events, opportunities for new Volunteers or people who are already active in this area.
Please see below links to our current and previous newsletter releases.
What can I do?
There is a vast range of volunteering roles available for you now, whether you wish to work with people, with animals or help with conservation and the environment.
You might want to do administration, befriending, DIY, restoration work, dog fostering, be a rugby coach, promote events, join a committee or provide classroom support, amongst a host of other areas.
When you are trying to decide what it is you are going to do, make sure that it is something that you are going to enjoy. We can help you explore options specific to your aspirations when you contact us on 01992 638633.
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