Make a Difference with Volunteering 🌍

It’s Volunteers Week, so let’s take a deep dive into the world of volunteering and why you should consider it 🌍

Volunteering is about using your time and talents to make a positive difference for a cause you care about. Volunteers don’t get paid, but some organisations cover expenses, such as travel costs, so it’s always worth double-checking with the organisation.

Volunteering isn’t just about giving back to the community (although that’s important too). Volunteering can be a total game-changer for your own personal growth. Need proof? Ask Becca, our Business Support Officer who volunteered at a local charity shop. She said:

“Volunteering was rewarding, and I’m grateful for everything I learned. I started wanting to improve my confidence, but after a few weeks, the other skills I built on were significant and gave me the confidence to start applying for jobs.”

 

Some of the young people we’ve supported have gone on to volunteer with some amazing local organisations!
  • After working with Fliss for careers support, Lucy[1] joined Worcester Cathedral’s gift shop as a permanent volunteer. This opportunity has helped Lucy gain more confidence in meeting new people and has given her an excellent talking point on her CV.
  • Oliver received support from both Rhys, our Wellbeing Coach, and our Careers Advisors to build his self-esteem and gain work experience. Fliss organised an exciting volunteering opportunity for Oliver at Worcester Cathedral’s Café. This experience has led to Oliver becoming much more comfortable within social settings, and he is now ready to take on new challenges and achieve his goal of getting a job.
  • We’ve also worked with Stepway and The Salvation Army, two incredible organisations that largely rely on volunteers, to provide volunteering opportunities for some of the young people we support.

 

Here’s why you should consider volunteering:
  1. Skill boost: Volunteering is a fast-track learning opportunity for life skills. From teamwork to problem-solving, you’ll pick up skills you can use anywhere (and will look great on your CV).
  2. Gain confidence: If you don’t feel ready for the responsibility of a paid job, volunteering is the perfect opportunity to work on your confidence and people skills in a professional setting.
  3. Meet people: Volunteering isn’t just about the work; it’s about the people. Regardless of where you volunteer, you’ll meet a wide range of people you would have likely never met before.
  4. Test a career: If you’re not sure what you want to do in the future, volunteering means you can try out different things without the pressure of a paid job. It’s like a sneak peek into a career!
  5. Make a difference: Whatever organisation or charity you volunteer for, you’re making a difference and supporting your community.

 

Ready to volunteer?

Pop by our Worcester or Redditch Hub for advice on volunteering and support in finding the perfect opportunity for you!

 

Check out the Worcestershire Community Action Network (We CAN) links below to find local volunteering opportunities.

 

[1] Name changed for privacy reasons.

Volunteers packing food