Why You Should Become a Volunteer

9 November 2022

If the past few years have shown us anything, it is the power of volunteering and the importance of communities supporting each other. From picking up groceries for your neighbour to sewing masks for your local hospital, volunteering has never been so visible. But why do people volunteer and why should you volunteer?

This can be broken down into three different categories: giving back to the community, learning new skills and meeting new people.

Giving Back: 

Most people associate volunteering with the idea of giving back to the community. Volunteering with an organisation that has helped you or a loved one can allow you to show your appreciation. This can bring fulfilment: improving your self-esteem and your sense of belonging.

Moreover, volunteering with a local community group, school or church can help you feel like you are a part of the local community and actively involved in your area. This can improve your mental wellbeing and your social circle. These groups often rely on volunteers, so getting involved with groups that you believe in can ensure their ability to continue to help others.

Learning New Skills:

Volunteering can put you ahead of the game when it comes to learning new skills, boosting your CV and increasing your social network. Volunteering will show employers that you have a ‘can-do’ attitude and allow you to develop skills outside of your current niche.

Many organisations seek volunteers in traditional office roles, such as marketing or admin, allowing you to gain useful experience and insight into possible future careers. If you are interested in health care roles you could volunteer with a care home, or if you would like to be a teacher, a role involving children would be beneficial. Volunteering is a fantastic way to progress your career while also helping others.

Meeting New People: 

Finally, volunteering is a great way to meet new people, make long-lasting connections and increase your confidence. You will often work alongside a team of like-minded volunteers, as well as supportive staff from your organisation.

Getting out into the community and helping others can give you a sense of purpose, especially after such challenging times. This can be extremely beneficial to both your mental and physical health.

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