Volunteering provides an opportunity to get involved with your local community and work together with others. There are many reasons people choose to offer their time and there are plenty of benefits to be gained.
Volunteering is a great way to share your knowledge and pass on your experience and skills to others. Alternatively, volunteering could offer an opportunity for you to learn something completely new and develop your skills further.
Others may enjoy volunteer work for the social aspect. It allows them to meet new people and form friendships with other volunteers and people in their community.
Choosing The Right Volunteering Role For You
If you are trying to decide what the best volunteering role might be for you, it’s a good idea to think about what interests and excites you most. It could be something you’ve enjoyed doing before, or something completely new which you’ve always wanted to try.
You should also consider what time and skills you would be willing and able to offer in a volunteering role.
Finding Volunteering Opportunities
Once you’ve decided on the type of volunteer work you’re looking for, there are plenty of organisations that can help you find a volunteering role to match.
Visit your local Volunteer Centre
Volunteer Centres are local organisations that can provide support to potential volunteers. They’ll be able to provide you with information about suitable roles with local charities and voluntary organisations in your area. Find your closest Volunteer Centre.
Do-it.org is the national database of volunteering opportunities. Search more than a million volunteering opportunities by interest, activity or location and apply online. Visit Do-it.org.
Community Gardens continue to start up all over the country. If you’re looking for nature-based roles, or if you’re a keen gardener, this might be the perfect opportunity for you. Working in Community Gardens can be very rewarding, especially when harvest time comes around. You’ll have the opportunity to harvest the crops and may even get to take home a basket of vegetables too! Community Gardens are always looking for new volunteers to get involved. There is generally no pressure and any help is appreciated, so people can stop by to help for as little or as long as they would like to.
If you’re looking to invest a lot of time, see our top 5 Gardening Tools to help make the job easier. Social Farms & Gardens is a UK wide charity supporting communities to farm, garden and grow together. If volunteering in a Community Garden sparks an interest for you, you may want to take it to the next level and consider getting involved with an allotment.
Age UK Befriending Service
You could also benefit from others who are volunteering their time in your community. Many people volunteer their time through the Age UK befriending service. This could be over the phone or face-to-face. Call in Time is a national service where a volunteer befriender is matched to an older person, who has similar interests and hobbies. The befriender will call regularly at prearranged times for a chat on the phone. Alternatively, a volunteer befriender can visit an older person in their home, perhaps for a cup of tea and a chat, or take them out for a coffee or to go to the cinema.
Careline Personal Alarms
When you are not out and about in the community, a Careline personal alarm can offer added security for you in your home. If you have any questions about our service, please get in touch. Our Customer Service Team can be reached on 0800 101 3333 or via email at email@example.com.
Editor’s Note: This article was updated on 12th October 2021 to reflect current information.