Two people working in a charity shopVolunteering is about giving your time to help someone else or a cause you care about, without expecting payment. It's a two-way relationship that should benefit both you as a volunteer and the people, organisation or service that you are helping.

Volunteering is open to everyone regardless of age, background, experience.  Before you decide to volunteer, you might find it useful to ask yourself some of these questions:

  • Why do I want to volunteer?
  • What am I hoping to gain from volunteering?
  • What do I enjoy doing?
  • What interests, hobbies or skills do I have or would like to develop?
  • How would volunteering help with my career development?
  • What commitment can I make; short term, one off projects, once a week, long term etc.
  • How much time can I give?
  • When can I volunteer; evenings, weekdays or weekends?
  • How far am I willing to travel to the volunteer position?
  • Does the purpose of the organisation match my own values and beliefs?

There are many benefits to volunteering. By giving your time as a volunteer you can:

  • Help others in your local community and give something back
  • Make a difference to the lives of others
  • Improve your health and wellbeing
  • Explore your interests
  • Share your skills and experiences
  • Gain new skills, knowledge and experience
  • It looks great on your CV
  • It helps you to become ‘job ready’
  • Gain confidence and self-esteem
  • Meet new people and make new friends
  • Feel valued and part of a team.

Ready to give it a try? Visit our volunteering portal to search for opportunities today.

Find out more

If you'd like a chat about volunteering or want some advice about where your skills or interests might best be used, we're here to help. Contact Amy Collins by emailing [email protected] or call 01202 466130. You can also find more information about volunteering, and search for local volunteering opportunities, using the links below: