Martin’s experience as a volunteer Youth Worker
“It has helped me to get involved with the youth and vulnerable adults with whom I’d have never have known about, to assist, listen, and understand their issues and let them share their issues with me. It has allowed me to give something back to the community, with a personal sense of reward and satisfaction and I hope I can help make a difference to the community.”
Danielle’s experience as a volunteer Admin Assistant
“I decided to volunteer because I had never worked before and I wanted to gain some work experience and build my confidence. I have benefitted from volunteering by getting an apprenticeship and meeting some nice people.”
Tony’s experience over multiple volunteer placements
“Volunteering has given me a renewed sense of purpose and a strong commitment to helping those who require support and guidance. It has had a positive impact on my personal development, the benefits have been fantastic, I will continue to volunteer in some capacity throughout my working life and look upon it as a most rewarding experience.”
Amy, Manager of Onboard Skate Park says, “We all have time to volunteer, we can all make time. What it gives me, my community and my kids… Money can’t buy that.”
What's in it for me
Volunteering roles do not lead directly to paid work; it may however give you a better chance of getting into paid work by helping you to gain training, learn transferable skills, increase confidence, a good reference and a great way to get some experience that you can put on your C.V.
Depending on your voluntary role, and the funding availability of the organisation there are many different qualifications you can gain from volunteering, you can also gain specific volunteering qualifications such as the ASDAN ‘Award in Community Volunteering’.