Frequently Asked Questions
Who Can Volunteer?
Anyone can be a volunteer! It doesn't matter your experience or expertise, the main thing we look for in our volunteers is enthusiasm and a positive attitude. We have many opportunities available so we are bound to find something that suits your interests and works around your other commitments. Some of our opportunities may require you to have further checks (such as DBS checks), if this is the case, you will be notified of this on the role description.
For some people, you may be looking for something that fits around your current job and may be completely different to what you do. You may be looking for work and seeking an opportunity to help get you back on the career ladder. Others may want to take up a volunteer opportunity that can fit around caring responsibilities. Similarly, you may be a student looking for extra experience that can help improve your career prospects. It doesn't matter what your situation is, there will be something for you.
When trying to find that perfect match, you want to make sure that it is something yuo will enjoy and are capable of doing. Make sure when you are searching for your next volunteering opportunity you consider the following:
- What skills can you bring to a volunteer role? (what do you think you will be good at?)
- What community initiatives are important to you? (what is a cause you are going to be passionate about?)
- How much time can you commit to a role? (this will determine the types of roles you may consider applying for)
- Do you prefer a more upfront role or behind the scenes? (again, this will determine the types of roles you may consider applying for)
A volunteering role should be both fun and fulfilling, so consider what opportunities might best suit you.
If COVID has taught us anything, it is that when it matters, we come together and make a difference. During the pandemic, hundreds of volunteers rose to the occasion and made a positive impact in their local communities. Although it can seem a little bit daunting or overwhelming to think about giving your time to volunteer - especially with our busy lives – it can reap enormous benefits, both personally and professionally.
Benefits of Volunteering
Meet new people!
- By dedicating your time to being a volunteer you can expand your network and make new friends.
- Through volunteering you can boost your social skills.
- Volunteering can help to strengthen your ties to your community and increase your sense of belonging. It can also increase your knowledge making it easier to find resources and activities for you and your family.
- You meet likeminded people with similar interests.
Stay happy and healthy
- Volunteering gives you that feel good feeling and help you to feel happier.
- Volunteering can help to provide a sense of direction and purpose in your life. Volunteering helps to keep you mentally stimulated and can take your mind of other worries.
- Volunteering can help to combat stress, anxiety, and depression. Volunteering can provide you with meaningful connections and a good support system.
- By volunteering you gain a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction. This can give you a sense of pride and increase your self-confidence.
- By volunteering you can spend time doing activities you are genuinely interested in and support.
- Meeting new people through volunteering can provide you with another social network.
- Volunteering gives you something to do outside of work or family life which can help to relieve stress.
- Volunteering can be a great way to try out new career option and gain experience in a new field.
Improve your career prospects
- By participating in volunteering you can gain a wide range of new skills or advance skills you already have which can help to advance your career.
- Volunteering activities can provide good examples to use at job interviews.
- Volunteering shows that you have interests outside of your degree, education, or job, this can help to set you apart from other candidates by having different interview answer examples.