February is the month of L-O-V-E. But why do we <3 volunteering? Oh, let us list the ways…
We started by asking a few of our volunteers why they love volunteering. Cathy says ‘It fills time up and keeps me active.’
Beena enjoys her volunteering because she is ‘enthusiastic about the cause of volunteering’ and thinks it is a positive activity in society. She says, ‘I like working with people, it builds my customer service skills for a future career’ and ‘I volunteer in a nice and friendly environment’.
There are many different reasons why people want to volunteer, and why they continue once they have started.
Volunteering can be great as a stepping stone to employment, providing you with experience or skills to get a paid job and is perfect as a flexible working option if you have been unwell or if you have taken a break from paid work (maternity leave, etc). It also looks impressive on a CV, is a sure way to interest employers – and can be used as a talking point in an interview.
For example, if you are looking to pursue a career in marketing, you could become a Marketing, Events and Fundraising Volunteer at Elfrida Rathbone Camden to gain invaluable experience, and have something to put on your CV. Or you could also volunteer in a retail position in a charity shop as a Senior Charity Shop Volunteer at Mind in Camden if you are looking for paid work in the retail sector.
Besides practicing and learning specific hard skills, you will also use and develop soft skills valued by employers such as teamwork, communication, time management, organisation and self presentation.
Or perhaps you want to give something other than money to a cause you feel passionately about. Volunteering can help you do that as your volunteering ‘donation’ is time and / or skills. Do you want to work with young people, then have a look for ‘youth work’. Is someone you know affected by a health issue such as cancer, diabetes or stroke? It is very likely that there is a volunteering role that will help you give back to these causes which are close to your heart – whatever the reason.
So overall, volunteering is a brilliant way to give back to society or to help charities most of which would not be able to do what they do without volunteers. And it can also be a helpful way to improve yourself as a person and build your self-esteem and confidence. It is satisfying and there is the feel good factor – volunteering is so much fun! 🙂
Feeling inspired and would like to find your perfect volunteering role? Volunteer Centre Camden can help you get started with volunteering. You can start your search with:
our online matching tool, Volunteer Connect.
or have a look at the events section on our website to find out when you can next come and see us
or, if you need extra one-to-one support to get started with volunteering, contact us by phone 020 7424 9990 or email (volunteer@
volunteercentrecamden.org.uk) to book a one-to-one appointment with one of our matchmakers (please note appointments are for those who need extra one-to-one support to get started)
*** Many thanks to our marketing and communications volunteer Miriam who wrote most of the post above as her final task before moving on to a work trial. Many thanks and best of luck to Miriam!