There are many reasons why people give their time to volunteer. They support organisations that they feel passionate about, but they also develop lifelong skills and gain essential experience. Through volunteering they meet people from all walks of life, gain new perspectives and broaden their horizons.
You too could do so through becoming a volunteer.
- Volunteering is about giving your time, freely and unpaid, to do something useful.
- By volunteering, even for just a couple of hours a week, you could increase your job prospects and increase your skills a lot.
- Recording a period of voluntary work really looks good on your CV. Many people will be impressed that you have done something worthwhile in your free time.
- Volunteering can help you increase your self-esteem and self-confidence as you learn new skills, meet new people and develop new interests.
- You will make new friends, experience new challenges and increase your confidence.
- Becoming a volunteer is rewarding. Volunteers often feel good 'giving something back to society' through helping others.
- You could choose from thousands of different opportunities in this country and abroad.
- There are opportunities if you have only a few hours to spare or if you are able to give a far greater commitment.
- Charities and community groups constantly need volunteers to help them to improve other people's lives.
- You may have reached a stage in your life where you want to 'put something back' into your community - or share your skills. Some people even kick-start a brand new career for themselves.
- Volunteering can be a good way to fill part of your gap year.
- Volunteering could help you to gain necessary skills and experience, especially if you can't find other work or training straight away.
- You may be able to claim some of your expenses.
How to become a volunteer
- Work out how much time you can offer over and above your other commitments, such as school, work or college.
- Think about the type of work that interests you, perhaps working with people, buildings, machinery, animals, plants or nature. Whatever your interests and skills, such as helping an older or disabled person, restoring steam trains or caring for animals or the environment, it’s likely that you will find plenty to interest you.
- There are many organisations and charities to consider. Have a look at some of the links below to help you find suitable volunteering opportunities in the UK or abroad.
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Volunteering in Wales:
- Volunteering Wales - Information on volunteering in Wales. Search for opportunities in your area
- GwirVol - Information for volunteers aged 14-25 in Wales
- WCVA - Wales Council for Voluntary Action. The official body for volunteeering in Wales
Some of the organisations that offer volunteering opportunities:
NSPCC - Learn more about volunteering opportunities. Make a difference in a child's life
- National Trust - Find out about the volunteering opportunites. Make new friends and learn new skills
- Barnados - UK's biggest charity, offering a huge range of volunteering opportunities for students
- Citizens Advice - Find out about the volunteering opportunities available
- NHS - Live Well - Find out about the health benefits of volunteering and the opportunities available
Further information about volunteering: