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Looking to Volunteer2018-03-20T16:26:30+00:00

Looking to volunteer

Volunteering is described as an unpaid activity where someone gives their time to help a not for profit organisation or an individual who they are not related to. Volunteering enables you to connect to your community and make it a better place to live. Dedicating your time as a volunteer can also help you make new friends, expand both your social and professional networks and boost your skills.

Volunteering is a great way to provide vital help to be able to make a positive difference to people in need; to worthwhile causes; and the local community.
The benefits of volunteering can be even greater for you; the volunteer. Supporting others through volunteering can help you to meet new people and make new contacts and friends; enable you to influence decisions and be in charge of something; give something back to the community; and provide a sense of purpose. Volunteers are often described as the glue that holds a community together.

While it’s true that the more you volunteer, the more benefits you’ll experience, volunteering doesn’t have to involve a long-term commitment or take a huge amount of time out of your busy day. Giving your time in simpler ways can help others in need and help you to improve your health and happiness.

If volunteering is relatively new to you, or you are wondering what it will be like to volunteer come along to the Volunteer Centre and find out more about becoming a volunteer.

You can also sign up to one of our half day workshops – Introduction to Volunteering, which provide convenient and practical ways to explore volunteering, meet new people and learn more about the wide variety of volunteer roles available. These workshops provide a great introduction to what it means to be a volunteer; if you’re not already volunteering don’t worry you don’t need to be volunteering to come along to one of our workshops.

Topics covered include – the reasons why people choose to volunteer, what motivates volunteers, what people get from volunteering, experiences of other volunteers, stepping stones to volunteering, different ways that the Volunteer Centre can help you in your volunteering journey.

We have a choice of over 250 different voluntary opportunities with a wide variety of organisations and groups across Hull. We can help you to think about the sorts of volunteering roles that you may want to do according to your own circumstances, and we can link you with volunteering opportunities that match your areas of interest or skills.

Volunteering is open to anyone over the age of 16 years. Occasionally volunteer opportunities are available to people below the age of 16 years, although these tend to be limited.

If you would like help, please get in touch with us on vc@hull-cvs.co.uk or 01482 324474 we are open for enquiries by phone or email from Monday-Friday and aim to respond to all enquiries within five working days.

Here are some of the benefits to volunteering:

  • Give something back into the community in which you live or work
  • Learn new skills
  • Provide experience or a stepping stone back into work
  • Discover new interests
  • Make new friends
  • Learn about other cultures
  • Raise your self-esteem and gain in confidence
  • Most importantly have fun!

Call into one of our drop-in sessions and speak to one of our friendly advisors who are themselves volunteers.

There are over 200 volunteer opportunities available across the city covering a broad range of activities for you to get involved in, these range from catering, befriending, gardening, dog walking, beach days to public events such as Freedom Festival and City of Culture.

The drop-in is open each Tuesday and Thursday between 11am and 1.30pm.

Our experienced team of Volunteer Advisors are available to offer a one to one appointment, to help you find a suitable volunteer opportunity and explain how to access volunteering opportunities.

There is no obligation to start volunteering, you can just view some volunteering options.

We will contact you within 8-12 weeks of attending the drop-in either by email or telephone to see how you are getting on and offer additional volunteering support.

If you would like to search for volunteer opportunities without accessing the drop-in you can search online via www.do-it.org (see our section below on search for volunteering opportunities online).

You can call into the drop in session without booking an appointment. However if you would prefer you can book an appointment with one of the volunteer advisors to explore available volunteer roles. Volunteer opportunities are updated regularly; there are around 200 live volunteer opportunities in Hull at any given time to choose from.

You can phone our main enquiry line on tel: 01482 324474 to make an appointment or to find out more information on a role you have seen.

We are just a 10 minute walk from the train station and bus interchange. On leaving the interchange head north along Ferensway (passing by St Stephens Shopping Centre and Hull Truck Theatre) until you reach the junctions of Ferensway, Freetown Way and Beverley Road. Continue north along Beverley Road. We are on the same side of Beverley Road as the Hull Daily Mail offices. We are at the junction of Beverley Road and Leonard Street.

We are on the bus routes for EYMS services 121, 122, X46, 246 and 105 and on the Stagecoach services 4,6,7,8.

You can contact the Hull Volunteer Centre in any of the following ways

Telephone us: 01482 324474 (Monday – Friday 9am – 4.30pm)

Email us: vc@hull-cvs.co.uk

Twitter: @HULLCVS 

Write to us: Volunteer Centre Hull, Hull CVS, The Strand, 75 Beverley Road, Hull, Hu3 1XL

If you are keen to get started, you can take a look at volunteer opportunities in the local area and apply for a volunteer role through the national volunteering website, Do-It.  Do-It allows you to search for a volunteering opportunity based on your location and interests.  Opportunities can be browsed freely.

Search tips:

  • choose only one or two areas of interest and specify where you would like to volunteer. This will prevent you getting overwhelmed by opportunities, narrowing them down to those which suit you best.
  • unsure what type of volunteer role you would like to do? Browse volunteer opportunities in Hull and click submit. You can view roles and task descriptions for a range of available opportunities.

If you would like some guidance on how to search for volunteering opportunities online, or would like to discuss any other volunteer-related query we also offer confidential telephone support.

There are numerous volunteer opportunities available.  The key is to find a volunteer position that you think you will enjoy and are capable of doing.  Ensure that your commitment matches the organisations’ needs.  The following questions may help narrow your options:

  • Would you prefer to volunteer alone or as part of a team?
  • Are you better behind the scenes or do you prefer to take a more visible role?
  • How much time are you willing to commit?
  • How much responsibility are you ready to take on?
  • What skills can you bring a volunteer role?
  • What causes are important to you?

If you have searched for a volunteering opportunity but can’t find what you’re looking for, you could:

  • Approach the organisation direct. Some organisations advertise on their own website.
  • Contact an organisation and offer your skills.
  • Look in libraries, community centres; often groups will advertise opportunities here.

If you still can’t find what you’re looking for, we may be able to help you with your search, or give you some ideas of other places to try.  Please contact us: vc@hull-cvs.co.uk or 01482 324474 we are open for enquiries by phone or email from Monday-Friday and aim to respond to all enquiries within five working days.

Is there something specific that you want to do?  For example do you want to …..

  • Make an area around where you live look and feel better
  • Meet new people
  • Try something new
  • Do something with your spare time
  • See a different way of life and visit new places
  • Have a go at the kind of role you might want to do as a paid employee
  • Expand your interests and hobbies
  • Do something that you’re good at

Having answers to some of these questions will help you narrow down your search for the right volunteering opportunity and help you to consider your goals; matching your personality and interests.

You will have a richer and more enjoyable volunteering experience if you first take some time to identify your goals and interests. Start by thinking about why you want to volunteer and the types of roles you would enjoy doing; volunteer opportunities that match both your goals and your interests are most likely to be fun and fulfilling for you.

Don’t be afraid to ask questions.  You want to make sure that the experience is right for your skills, your goals, and the time you want to spend. If you have any questions, be sure to ask about time commitment, whether there is any training involved, who you will be volunteering with, and what to do if you have questions during your experience.

Make sure you know what’s expected and make sure you are comfortable with the organisation, and understand the time commitment. Consider starting small so that you don’t over commit yourself.

Don’t be afraid to make a change. Speak up if your experience isn’t what you expected, you do not have to continue.  Talk to the organisation about changing your focus or consider looking for another match.

For information about volunteering while on benefits: https://www.ncvo.org.uk/ncvo-volunteering/volunteering-and-benefits

For more information about volunteer placements, rights and expenses: https://www.gov.uk/volunteering

Above all enjoy yourself and, most importantly, make sure you’re having fun! The best volunteer experiences benefit both the volunteer and the organisation. 

If you are thinking about becoming involved in volunteering, or you are relatively new to volunteering; sign up to one of our introduction to volunteering workshops, they provide convenient and practical ways to explore volunteering, meet new people and learn more about the wide variety of volunteer roles available.  If you’re not already volunteering don’t worry you don’t need to be volunteering to come along to one of our workshops.

For more information and dates visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/introduction-to-volunteering-tickets-42981233025?aff=eac2

If you are receiving state benefits you are still allowed to volunteer. You must ensure that the only money you receive from volunteering is to cover expenses (for example, travel costs). Please be aware that there are some rules which you need to be aware of to make sure that your volunteering doesn’t have an impact on the benefits you receive; for more information about volunteer placements, rights and expenses: https://www.gov.uk/volunteering

Further guidance on volunteering including an overview of what you need to know, and some of most frequently asked questions: https://www.ncvo.org.uk/ncvo-volunteering/volunteering-and-benefits. If you are unsure of where you stand in relation to the rules please contact us, or speak to your job coach or benefits adviser. The Citizen’s Advice Bureau may also be able to help.

You’re donating your valuable time, so it’s important that you enjoy and benefit from your volunteering role. It’s important to make sure that your volunteer position is right for you and you feel comfortable with the people you’re volunteering with in the volunteer organisation.

Volunteering increases your social and relationship skills, giving you the opportunity to meet groups of people with a common interest.

Our Volunteer Centre also offers support and information to groups and organisations involving or planning to involve volunteers. This support enables us to raise awareness of good practice around volunteer management and raise the profile of volunteering locally.

You are donating your valuable time, so it’s important that you enjoy and benefit from your volunteering.

Please take our volunteer survey and tell us more about your experiences of volunteering.

Your response is very important to us and will help us to pull together some important evidence about volunteering in Hull

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Hull CVS
The Strand
75 Beverley Road
Hull
HU3 1XL