Benefits of Volunteering
In an age when we all claim to be so short of time is there still a place for volunteering?
Volunteering is about giving up your time for a good cause. You don’t get paid but you do get the chance to use your talents, develop new skills, and experience the pleasure that comes from making a real difference to other people’s lives, as well as your own.
Volunteering offers vital help to people in need, worthwhile causes, and the community, but the benefits can be even greater for you, the volunteer.
Benefits to you:
- Gain confidence.
- Make a difference.
- Meet new people.
- Be part of a community.
- Learn new skills.
- Give your CV a boost.
- Take on a challenge.
- Have fun!
Where to start
Have a think about what you’re interested in and passionate about, is it animals, children, human rights?
Then try to find service organisations, charities or groups within this area. Volunteering your free time in an area you feel really strongly about will inevitably bring you more satisfaction.
Most of these organisations will have a volunteer area on their website where you can see what volunteering roles are available and how to apply for them.
There are also many Membership organisations with volunteers such as Soroptimist International Great Britain & Ireland, Rotary International and The Women’s Institute. Joining one of these organisations can be very rewarding as it offers Members the chance to get involved in key projects of interest to them whilst also regularly meeting up with other Members for fun and friendship.