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Thinking About Volunteering?

 

Whether you are already sure you want to volunteer, or if you are just thinking about it and want to know more first, you can come to us for advice about volunteering, have personal interviews and get information about a wide variety of voluntary work. 


We try to ensure that we match you to a role you will love and where your skills and experience will benefit the organisation you are volunteering for.

We currently have over 350 volunteering roles available.  There's sure to be one to suit you - why not give us a call to find out more?


 

Choosing the right role for you
 

Voluntary work should be fun!

Volunteering should bring you enjoyment and satisfaction as well as helping others, so here are some things to think about, to help you decide on the right role:
  • Are there any particular skills or hobbies that I’d like to transfer to volunteering?
  • Do I enjoy helping people directly, such as hands-on caring, being a friend, listening to and solving problems? Or do I prefer practical activities like driving, cooking, or fundraising?
  • Do I like working with groups of people, or would I prefer working one-to-one with someone?
  • What skills am I hoping to gain, if any?
  • Is there a particular group of people I would like to work with, or a particular cause I am interested in or concerned about?
  • How much time do I have to give? Is my situation likely to change in the near future, allowing me more or less time to volunteer?
  • Where would I like to volunteer? Close to home, in the next town, further afield?
  • How often or how long do I want to volunteer for?  How long can I commit to? 

It is also a serious commitment....

.... because the people you have offered to help will be counting on you and will be disappointed if you let them down. So, don't over-commit!  Be realistic about what time and energy you can give.

 

There are other things you may want to know, such as:

  • does the organisation you want to volunteer with have an Equal Opportunities Policy?
  • what training and support will you get?
  • will you be covered by the organisation's insurance policy?
  • will you get expenses paid?
  • how will it affect your tax or benefits?
  • will you need a DBS police check?

 

Make sure you ask as many questions as you need to, to make sure you feel confident that you are choosing the right volunteer role for you and for the organisation you want to help.

 

For more help or guidance on what you should be looking for, contact lynns@vcspd.org and we will send you our factsheet.

 

Happy Volunteering!

 



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Last Modified: 25 Apr 2016