What are the Benefits of Volunteering?
There are a number of reasons as to why people choose to volunteer. For some it gives the opportunity to give something back to the community, while for others it provides an opportunity to learn new skills and experience or maintain them. Whatever your reason, we are sure you will find many benefits from giving your time. The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) suggest that volunteering can bring the following benefits:
For some it provides an opportunity to:
- give something back to an organisation that has impacted on a person’s life, either directly or indirectly
- make a difference to the lives of others
- help the environment
- help others less fortunate or without a voice
- feel valued and part of a team
- spend quality time away from work or a busy lifestyle
- gain confidence and self-esteem.
For some, volunteering can be a route to employment, or a chance to try something new which may lead to a career change. From this perspective, volunteering can be a way of:
- gaining new skills, knowledge and experience
- developing existing skills and knowledge
- enhancing a CV
- improving one’s employment prospects
- gaining an accreditation
- using one’s professional skills and knowledge to benefit others (usually described as pro bono).
For others, volunteering appeals because of its social benefits. These include:
- meeting new people and making new friends
- a chance to socialise
- getting to know the local community
So why not give it a try?! There are lots of different opportunities you can chose from. Just click on Volunteer Opportunities to find the right opportunity for you.