Are you out of work, looking for work-experience or just fancy doing a good deed for a change?
Volunteering can do wonders for your life and somebody else’s.
Volunteers may wish to increase their skill set, gaining experience within various environments to improve future job prospects. Employers will look favourably on those who give up their time to volunteer. It can expand your network and expose you to new fields of work, gaining invaluable experience. The possibilities of experience and skills gained by volunteering are endless.
2. Volunteering enhances self-development and personal growth
Charities and non-profit organisations often attract a larger proportion of younger volunteers and students who are more likely to be aware of the benefits of volunteering, but organisations welcome people of all ages and backgrounds to get involved.
3. You can make a real difference
As a volunteer, you have the chance to make a profound difference to people’s lives. By volunteering your free time, you are providing an invaluable resource to an organisation, which without you, may not be able to provide necessary services to vulnerable people. Just one day volunteering can make a huge difference to someone’s life.
4. Volunteering is good for your health
Volunteering can reduce the risk of depression. Social isolation is a key factor in depression and can be lowered by becoming involved in community organisations and projects, which connects you to others, increasing your support networks, as well as improving your skills. Volunteering can be fun, as well as challenging and can be an interesting way to spend some of your free time. It can renew your energy, open you up to new experiences and increase your overall motivation. The health benefits of volunteering include a renewed sense of wellbeing, as well as improving your self-esteem and sense of achievement.
If you would like to volunteer and don’t know where to start there are a few things to consider first:
- Would you prefer to work alone or as part of a team?
- Would you like a hands-on role or behind the scenes role?
- How much spare time do you have to commit?
- What skills do you have and what skills do you want to develop?
- What causes are important to you?
- Are you prepared to be reliable as an unpaid volunteer?
No matter what your role or how much time you dedicate as a volunteer, you will be making a positive difference to individuals and you local and extended community – which is always a good thing!
And before you ask, yes, I have volunteered for over four years, which helped me get this job!
I have never looked back.
Max Willis, ICE Creates Ltd (firstname.lastname@example.org / 0151 647 4700)