Volunteering allows you to take action to improve your local community and society as a whole. There are no end of different ways you can volunteer, so there’s bound to be something out there that suits your likes and availability.
Volunteering – what’s in it for me?
First of all, it’s great for the soul! You’ll be helping a charity or other organisation in your local community, fuelling the good work they’re already doing.
But there’s more to it than that…
- Prospective employers like to see volunteering on your CV. In fact you’re 27% more likely to get a job if you’ve been involved in youth social action*.
Volunteering is a great way of demonstrating practical and valuable experience which can help your CV to stand out from the crowd. As well as helping to build skills, volunteering is also a sign of your initiative and commitment.
Luke Murphy, UK HR Manager, TR Fastenings Ltd
- Volunteering looks great on university application forms.
- You’ll gain skills and experience that you can apply to paid employment, such as teamwork, leadership and communication skills.
- It’s an important part of The Duke Of Edinburgh’s Award scheme.
- It can help with your wellbeing, particularly in reducing anxiety and stress.
Volunteering opportunities come in all shapes and sizes. There are one off projects you can help with or you can give more regular support to a local group. Volunteering can work around your life – you can do it at weekends, school holidays or gap years.
And there are opportunities in all sorts of organisations. So there’s something for everyone, whether you’re interested in technology, childcare, animals, design, nature, theatre or pretty much anything you can think of!
Demonstrating your volunteering experience is a great way to showcase your motivation and commitment on your university application. Future employers really value demonstrations of employability skills gained through volunteering and any volunteering you do before going to university can help that as well as help build your CV. If you volunteer for a sector, organisation or even using skills that are part of your future course, it not only shows that you’re serious about university, it shows that you’re dedicated to your subject. For example, volunteering with the Scouts or Guides as a Leader while you’re at School or College and then including that experience when you’re applying for an Education course. Volunteering also shows that you’re passionate about the community and the world around you, something that you can continue to do once you start university as most UK Universities offer volunteering with local organisations as well as volunteering with the Students’ Unions.
Susan Bentley, Volunteering Project Officer, University of Brighton
* Source: iwill.org.uk
What’s in it for my community?
At the Uckfield Volunteer Centre we specialise in finding volunteering opportunities for smaller charities and not-for-profit organisations. These organisations are often in desperate need of help but rarely have the money to spend on finding volunteers.
When you volunteer through us you could be helping these wonderful organisations to:
- Complete an important one-off project
- Keep running day to day
- Raise funds for the good work they do
You can find a list of some of the organisations we support in our Directory of Charity Members.
The people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.