Lend a hand
2014 marks the 30th anniversary of Volunteers’ Week, which takes place from 1-7 June. Celebrate the difference millions of volunteers are making across the UK by heading to volunteersweek.org and checking out the events taking place this week. If you’re feeling inspired and fancy getting more involved, check out these tips on how to become a volunteer.
Why become a volunteer?
Volunteering is not only a great way to make a difference to others and to help improve the world we live in, it also has huge benefits for those who help out. Volunteering is a great way to meet people, explore new interests and increase skills and job prospects. Studies have also shown that volunteering can alleviate depression and even help you live longer!
How to get involved
There are plenty of opportunities for those who want to be a volunteer – it all depends on what skills you have, the causes you’re most passionate about and how much time you have to spare. Remember you don’t have to make any long-term commitments – if you just fancy dipping your toe in the water, many charities and companies look for people to help out at the odd fundraising event and there are many one-off activities to get involved with.
While most charities have information and opportunities listed on their websites for those wishing to help out, if you are unsure what opportunities you want to get involved with then head to www.do-it.org.uk to access an abundance of UK volunteering opportunities. Simply type in your interests and location and see what takes your fancy, or search for your local volunteer centre.