Help Others and Help Yourself by Volunteering
Ask a volunteer why they do what they do and most will tell you that they want to give something back to the community, help others who are less able than themselves or that they want to make a difference.
However, the benefits of volunteering don’t stop with the receiver. By volunteering you can benefit too! You’ll meet interesting people, make new friends, gain new skills, and add an extra dimension to your life.
John, who recently started volunteering as a minibus driver, said:
“I spent nearly 40 years working in logistics, stuck behind a desk. I never thought I would get so much out of driving the minibus and helping disabled clients reach their destination safely. Now I am recognised in the street as “the minibus driver”, people wave to me and I feel more involved in my community than ever before”.
If you are thinking about volunteering but you don’t know what kind of role you want or where to start, why not begin by asking yourself some simple questions, such as:
- What have I done in the past that I’ve enjoyed?
- What are my interests?
- Have I got a particular skill I’d like to share?
- How much time can I commit?
- What would I most like to gain by volunteering?
The answers may help you to focus on a particular type of role and you can then search online at Volunteer Essex or if you need further assistance or guidance please contact your local Volunteer Centre.