Why Should You Volunteer?

Why Should You Volunteer?

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.

Need more inspiration?

Watch this video by NCVO, which tells five inspirational stories from ordinary people, just like you, doing extraordinary things.

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:

  • Give something back to an organisation that has impacted on a person's life, either directly or indirectly
  • Make a difference to the lives of others
  • Help the environment
  • Help others less fortunate or without a voice
  • Feel valued and part of a team
  • Spend quality time away from work or a busy lifestyle
  • Gain confidence and self-esteem

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:

  • Gaining new skills, knowledge and experience
  • Developing existing skills and knowledge
  • Enhancing a CV
  • Improving one's employment prospects
  • Gaining an accreditation
  • Using one's professional skills and knowledge to benefit others (usually described as pro-bono) for others, volunteering appeals because of its social benefits. These include:
  • Meeting new people and making new friends
  • A chance to socialise
  • Getting to know the local community

*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



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