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 reduce stress; combat depression; keep you mentally stimulated; 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, or sign up to one of our Volunteering Skills courses which provide convenient and practical ways to explore volunteering, meet new people and learn more about the wide variety of volunteer roles available.
Our Skills for Volunteer course provides 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 take part in the course. Topics covered during the course include personal skills and strengths, handling difficult situations, confidentiality and safeguarding which will provide support and information, enabling volunteers to gain increased knowledge, skills and confidence.
We have a choice of over 250 different voluntary opportunities with a wide variety of organisations and groups. We can help you to think about the sorts of things you may want to do according to your own circumstances, and 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.