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Why Volunteer?

Posted on 16/11/2014 by Jo Hodge

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Many people volunteer for different reasons, but one thing that unites them all is that they find it challenging, rewarding and varied.

Volunteering can add a great deal to your life, the lives of other people and the cause it stands for. It offers you a chance to become involved in a project or with an organisation you really care about as well as an opportunity to meet new and like-minded people. It also gives you the chance to try out something different to your 'everyday' job, which may lead on to new career prosepcts.

Community groups and organisations benefit from the input of volunteers by gaining a new and valued perspective on their work as well as the precious resource of time. Even a small commitment can have a lasting effect on an organisation and the people it represents.

Here are some of the reasons why people chose to volunteer:

  • Make a positive difference
  • Gain skills
  • Make new friends
  • Boost networking skills
  • Have fun
  • Keep busy
  • Use existing skills
  • Gain new skills &  work experience
  • Give something back
  • Sample a career
  • Do something different from paid job

​Volunteering opportunities come in many different guises, from long-term regular commitments to one-off individual or group projects. Above all, it’s a chance to make a real difference.

Resources to kick-start your volunteering:

  • Contact your local volunteer centre through the  NCVO (National Council for Voluntary Organisations)
  • GOV.UK - Volunteering
  • Do-IT -  Volunteering made easy 
  • Volunteering Matters - Community Volunteering