There are a variety of reasons why people choose to volunteer. It could be that it is an opportunity to give something back to the community in which you live. Or maybe you want to develop new skills and to build on your existing experience or knowledge. Sometimes, it is simply because you have been touched by an illness or cause in our personal lives that just makes you look at life differently and you want to make a difference in the lives of someone else. Whatever your motivation is, your step into volunteering will be both challenging and rewarding. So whether it is administration, befriending, sport or music that rocks your world, there will be an opportunity that is just right for you out there. It Feels Good Volunteering is super flexible and can be emotionally rewarding. It just feels good. You also get to control when and where you do it and how much time you have to commit. Volunteering can be both challenging and rewarding where you can enhance your own sense of well-being* and in doing so you can help change the world of the people you come into contact with.
The films illustrate the diverse range of volunteering opportunities available, and the different people who give their time. Below are some of the reasons people choose to volunteer. For some, it provides an opportunity to:
For some, volunteering can be a route to employment, or a chance to try something new which may lead to a career change. From this perspective, volunteering can be a way of:
*There is lots of anecdotal evidence that volunteering has a positive impact on health. Volunteering England commissioned the University of Lampeter to review all the published research and determine what impact it really has. Credit NCVO