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 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!
* 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.