People choose to volunteer for a variety of reasons. For some it offers the chance to give something back to the community or make a difference to the people around them. For others it provides an opportunity to develop new skills or build on existing experience and knowledge.
Make a difference: Your actions, whether big or small, will have an impact on someone’s life
Give something back to an organisation that has impacted on a person's life, either directly or indirectly
Make a difference to the lives of others
Help others less fortunate or without a voice
Feel valued and part of a team
Spend quality time away from work or a busy lifestyle
Gain confidence and self-esteem.
For some, volunteering can be a route to employment, or a chance to try something new which may lead to a career change
Learning new skills: Employers look for candidates with a range of skills, such as, how to deal with a mix of personalities, teamwork, leadership, problem-solving and people skills
Gaining new skills, knowledge and experience
Developing existing skills and knowledge
Enhancing a CV
Improving one's employment prospects
Gaining an accreditation
Using one's professional skills and knowledge to benefit others (usually described as pro bono)
For others, volunteering appeals because of its social benefits
Give back to your community: Volunteering lets you meet people from all walks of life. It gives you the chance to form real relationships that can have a lasting impact on your life
Meeting new people and making new friends
A chance to socialise
Getting to know the local community
You can also use volunteering as a reason to get out of an old routine and help you figure out what your next steps will be, taking a break, putting your life into perspective and other people first might inspire ideas on how to improve your own community, or discover a new life calling.
Most importantly It’s fun! Volunteering gives you a reason to meet new people and have new adventures.
If you would like to learn more about our volunteering opportunities please click here.
Alternatively, please email our Volunteer Coordinator, Saffy, if you would like to express an interest in volunteering.