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Why volunteer?

There are so many reasons to volunteer!  You can:

  • make a real difference to people's lives
  • learn new skills that could lead to a new job
  • transform your CV - see Louise Martin's story and her before and after CVs
  • work for a cause you care about
  • meet new people
  • have fun!

Volunteering is one of the most rewarding and worthwhile contributions to the community and society you can make.  
Dale Smith – volunteer

Volunteering has benefits for everyone:

It benefits local communities and it also benefits you as the volunteer.  You’ll have the satisfaction of making a difference to people’s lives. And, we also know that volunteering can help you to gain:

  • a greater sense of well-being
  • new experiences and skills
  • more confidence
  • opportunity to have a wider circle of friends

Refugees and asylum seekers can gain particular benefits from volunteering.  Click on more information for refugees.

Volunteering is fun and helps give a purpose to your days.  I enjoy meting people and I feel I am making a positive contribution to society.   
Masresha Agze - volunteer

Can volunteering help me get a job?

Volunteering does not guarantee you a job, but it can greatly improve your chances.

94% of employers believe that volunteering can add to skills
73% of employers would employ a candidate with volunteering experience over one without
58% believe voluntary work experience can be more valuable than experience gained in paid employment

Through volunteering you can try out different kinds of work.  If you are already working, volunteering can help you change direction.

Volunteering has given me a chance to further my ambition and career.”
Rosie Henry - volunteer