Volunteering is not boring!
Volunteers don’t just sit in offices filling in forms or taking elderly people for a walk around the garden (although we do have volunteers who do both those things – and enjoy it). Volunteers also have:
- Jumped out of a plane and experienced the extreme high adrenaline thrill of skydiving 3,000 feet to raise money for charity
- Visited places like Nepal, Machu Pichu, the Sahara Desert and other exotic places
- Run, cycled, walked, danced, walked across hot coals, ridden motorbikes and much more – all as part of various fund-raising activities.
There are thousands of opportunities and there are things that you are passionate about and you can do to make a difference.
For example, you could:
- Coach a local football team
- Do someone’s shopping
- Be a sports commentator
- Design a charity’s website
- Walk someone’s dog
- Present a radio show in a hospital
- Help plant trees.
Ok, so we all know you are going to get the ‘feel good’ factor out of volunteering, but what else can you get?
- Learn skills that can be included on your CV; many employers now ask what volunteering you have done on their job application forms including the Police, the Fire Service and the Armed Forces
- Gain the confidence that will nurture your leadership skills and give your self-esteem a boost
- Get trained to do things that will stay with you for the rest of your life; in some cases this includes accreditation.
Take a look at 7 Reasons to Volunteer your time
Youth Volunteering pilot
8 Volunteer Centres are taking part in a Youth Volunteering Project (funded by Essex County Council) supporting young people aged 16-24 into volunteering, this means that these centres have developed lots of exciting volunteer opportunities especially for your age group and centred around your interests and time availability.
If you live in one of the following areas: Basildon, Braintree, Chelmsford, Colchester, Epping, Southend, Thurrock or Uttlesford and you would like to find out more about the Youth Volunteering project please click on the relevant Volunteer Centre Link and get in touch today.
Dragons Den entrepreneur, James Caan, is a firm supporter of volunteering:
“There is a real need for employers to understand the full extent of skills young people gain through volunteering experiences.”