For some it provides an opportunity to:
- Give something back to an organisation that has impacted on a person's life, either directly or indirectly,
- Make a difference to the lives of others,
- Help the environment,
- Help others less fortunate or without a voice,
- Feel valued and part of a team,
- Spend quality time away from work or a busy lifestyle,
- Gain confidence and self esteem.
For some, volunteering can be a route to employment, or a chance to try something new which may lead to a career change. From this perspective, volunteering can be a way of:
- Gaining new skills, knowledge and experience,
- Developing existing skills and knowledge,
- Enhancing a CV,
- Improving one's employment prospects,
- Gaining an accreditation,
- Using one's professional skills and knowledge to benefit others.
For others, volunteering appeals because of its social benefits. These include:
- Meeting new people and making new friends,
- A chance to socialise,
- Getting to know the local community,
- Travelling the world.
So if you:
- Just want to help out?
- Looking to learn new skills?
- Keen to meet other people?
- Fired up to make a difference?
- Volunteering can help you do it.
For that reason alone, volunteering can be one of the most rewarding investments you'll ever make. Whether you have a little or lots of time to give there should be something there for you.