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What is volunteering?

Volunteering is when you give your time to help an organisation, or an individual to whom you are not related. For example, if you have ever helped out at a sports event, or a school fair, or taken part in a sponsored walk, you've been a volunteer.

Volunteering should never be something you are made to do, and is not done for financial gain.  The rewards are about the satisfaction of putting something back into society, about gaining useful experience and skills, meeting new people, and hopefully having fun!

What should I expect as a volunteer?

  • Your travel expenses to be paid.  Click on Frequently Asked Questions.
  • A clear outline of what is expected of you.  This is usually in the form of a written ‘task profile’.
  • Training and guidance on your role.
  • Support or supervision from a paid member of staff, or in smaller organisations and groups from an experienced volunteer. 
  • To be safe and covered by insurance to carry out the tasks you’ve been given. 
  • To be made aware of the organisation’s policies and procedures, including who you should talk to if you are unhappy.
  • To feel valued by the organisation and able to contribute to its development.

If these expectations are not met, or you have problems that you cannot sort out with the organisation where you volunteer, e-mail or telephone Volunteer Centre Sheffield and we can advise and support you. 

You have to experience being a volunteer!  It is very important to share your knowledge and experiences with others.  It is like an investment in your life.'
Ibtisam Alfarah