What is volunteering?
Volunteering is any activity or service that involves spending time, unpaid, doing something that benefits someone else, the local community or the environment.
Who can volunteer?
Anyone can volunteer, regardless of age, experience, background, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, disability or refugee status - it's just about finding the right volunteer role for you!
Volunteering Whilst on State Benefits
If you are receiving state benefits you are still allowed to volunteer.There are however, some rules that you need to be aware of to make sure that your volunteering doesn’t have an impact on the benefits you receive.NCVO have outlined some guidance on state benefits and volunteering in the form of frequently asked questions and answers on this. Please go to the following link to find out more: https://www.ncvo.org.uk/ncvo-volunteering/volunteering-and-benefits
Volunteering offers vital help to people in need, worthwhile causes, and the community, but the benefits can be even greater for you, the volunteer. Volunteering and helping others can reduce stress, combat depression, keep you mentally stimulated, and provide a sense of purpose. While it’s true that the more you volunteer, the more benefits you’ll experience, volunteering doesn’t have to involve a long-term commitment or take a huge amount of time out of your busy day. Giving in even simple ways can help those in need and improve your health and happiness.
Benefits of volunteering: 4 ways to feel healthier and happier
1. Volunteering connects you to others 2. Volunteering is good for your mind and body 3. Volunteering can advance your career 4. Volunteering brings fun and fulfillment to your life
Gary currently volunteers at The Hub and he said;
"No two days are ever the same, and that is part of what makes volunteering here so fresh and interesting!
If you are considering volunteering and have any worries or fears, my advice would be to take the chance, go for it and I guarantee it will be worth it.
You will be helping other people with your free time, but more importantly you will be helping yourself to grow and develop."
Contact our friendly Volunteering Services team on 01204 546 060 or email Shahenaz Patel at firstname.lastname@example.org and allow us to introduce you to volunteering and help you find the exciting and rewarding role thats right for you!