Below are some of the reasons people choose to volunteer. 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 there are many reasons to volunteer. If you are interested in helping our Society then please give us a ring and we can set up a meeting to discuss what you would like to do.