Make a Difference – Volunteer 2012
The 27th October is CSV Make a Difference Day, the UK’s biggest day of volunteering. Each year thousands of people volunteer at activities across the country.
This year we’ve heard a lot about volunteering, the success of the 70,000 Games Makers for London 2012 has shown us that volunteers really can make a difference and it is a great experience for the volunteer as well as everyone around them. You aren’t just limited to helping at the Olympics though, there are stories on the CSV website from volunteers doing a huge range of activities and we’ve been speaking to different West London organisations and their volunteers to see why they give their time to make a difference locally.
10 reasons to volunteer
- Friendship – make new friends and contacts, particularly good if you’re new to an area
- It’s good for you – learning new skills and meeting people increases your self-confidence and motivation whilst keeping you physically fit and active
- Uncover hidden skills and talents – that you didn’t know you had whilst having fun
- Builds your skills – you might be surprised by what you can learn or experience as a volunteer, skills that can help you get a job or get your dream job
- Earn great recommendations – for future employment and strengthen your CV
- Give something back – help a cause that you feel strongly about and give back to your local community
- A unique opportunity – charities have a range of opportunities for volunteers some of which are never offered as paid jobs
- Strengthens your local community – volunteering can support local groups, improve your local environment, gives children the chance to do something new and build friendships
- Make a difference – help others, improve something, put your own mark on something that you have helped to create…
- A sense of contentment…
Could you volunteer?
You can give as much or as little time as you choose – volunteer position come in all shapes and sizes. Full-time, part-time, evening and even night time volunteering are offered.
You don’t need to have any specific skills to become a volunteer, it is your time that is needed. You can learn on the job and well as using the skills you already have. So don’t worry, there are volunteering opportunities for everyone! You’ll be treated just like everyone else and they’ll engage you in what’s going on in the organisation. Just remember many charitable organisations would not run without the help of their many volunteers! They need you just as much you need them.
Where could you volunteer?
There are various groups and charities that would be appreciative of your help. You may consider volunteering at one of your local furniture project, a charity shop, a youth group, a food bank, or even a local clean-up. Something else you could do is share one of your passions or skills with others.
For help with volunteering queries visit Do-It.
Alternatively if you would like to help at one of your local furniture projects or become a Love Food Hate Waste volunteer contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What does volunteering mean to you?
We’ve been talking to some local volunteers who help reduce, re-use and recycle. Find out what they do and why they enjoy doing it later on this week