What are the benefits of volunteering?

Meg Timbrell
Content & Social Media Manager
2 min read

"What is it that makes a person dedicate their time and effort without expecting money in return?" - Joyce Bertram, TedXVilnius

Volunteering can...

Boost your confidence and mood

  • Needing to improve your confidence? Whether this is in speaking to members of the public or just boosting your general self-confidence levels, volunteering is perfect for making you feel good about yourself by doing something for your community.

Gain you new skills

  • There are countless skills to be gained from volunteering.
  • For example, you might gain customer service, communication, and maths skills from volunteering in a shop, entrepreneurial skills from fundraising, or empathy and caring skills from volunteering in an animal shelter.

Provide you with work experience

  • When you're stuck in the vicious cycle of needing experience to get experience when applying for job roles, volunteering is the easiest way to start out, helping you land useful experience to bulk out your CV, and perhaps even getting you a foot in the door for your dream job.

Get you out of your comfort zone

  • Maybe you've not had a job before, or you just need a push to do something different with your life. Getting stuck into a volunteering role can be the best way to do this.
  • If the thought of being out of your comfort zone terrifies you, check out this Ted Talk below to see how forcing yourself out of your comfort zone can be the best thing that ever happens to you.

Make a real difference to those who need it

  • You can volunteer in a variety of ways, for example in charity shops, charities like the RSPCA, or at a festival. Depending on where/how you volunteer, you could be helping people who have disabilities or are homeless, animals in need, the environment, or just helping people have a good time.

Meet new people

  • Make contacts who may benefit your future life plans, or even friends for life! You never know who you might meet that could make a real difference to you.
  • Building a community is important for so many reasons. To find out more - click here.

How do I volunteer?

For all of Sort's volunteering opportunities, click here.

Anyone can volunteer. Even if this involves making a regular commitment to having a cup of tea with an elderly neighbour, or popping to your local charity shops in person to see if they have any opportunities available.

You can also contact Volunteering EnglandVolunteer ScotlandVolunteering WalesJersey CharitiesGuernsey Charities or Volunteering Matters to find opportunities in your area.

Join-in runs volunteering projects as a legacy of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Contact them to find out about how to get involved with local sporting and community projects.

Is there anything missing from our articles? Send an email to megan.timbrell@sortyourfuture.com to get your voice heard.

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