FIND THE RIGHT VOL­UN­TEER­ING ROLE FOR YOU

Woman & Home - - MAKING IT HAPPEN -

WITH SO MANY OR­GAN­I­SA­TIONS OUT THERE LOOK­ING FOR VOL­UN­TEERS, HOW DO YOU FIND THE ROLE THAT’S RIGHT FOR YOU AND YOUR LIFE­STYLE? WE SPOKE TO EL­LIE KEO­HANE, WHO IS FROM THE DO-IT TRUST (DOITTRUST.ORG), THE UK’S LARGEST VOL­UN­TEER­ING DATA­BASE…

WHAT DO YOU WANT TO GET OUT OF IT?

IT’S IM­POR­TANT YOU FIND A ROLE THAT YOU’RE GO­ING TO EN­JOY. THINK ABOUT WHAT’S YOUR MAIN MO­TI­VA­TION, WHETHER IT’S IN­TER­ACT­ING WITH OTHER PEO­PLE, US­ING YOUR EX­IST­ING SKILLS FOR A GOOD CAUSE, OR EVEN LEARN­ING NEW ONES WHILE YOU HELP OTH­ERS. ALSO, BE RE­AL­IS­TIC WITH WHAT TIME YOU CAN SPARE. IF YOU OVERCOMMIT, IT WILL BE­COME A BUR­DEN AND YOU WON’T EN­JOY IT.

DIS­COV­ER­ING OP­POR­TU­NI­TIES

ONCE YOU’VE NAR­ROWED DOWN THE AREA YOU WANT TO VOL­UN­TEER IN, RE­SEARCH ON­LINE FOR OR­GAN­I­SA­TIONS AND CHAR­I­TIES IN THAT SEC­TOR WHO WEL­COME VOL­UN­TEERS. MOST WILL AD­VER­TISE ON THEIR WEB­SITES. OR PAY A VISIT TO YOUR LO­CAL NCVO (NA­TIONAL COUN­CIL FOR VOL­UN­TARY OR­GAN­I­SA­TIONS) VOL­UN­TEER CEN­TRE, WHO CAN HELP YOU FIND A SUIT­ABLE ROLE – SEE NCVO.ORG.UK

EN­HANCE YOUR LIFE

AS WELL AS MAK­ING A VALU­ABLE CON­TRI­BU­TION, THERE ARE SO MANY BEN­E­FITS FOR VOL­UN­TEERS. GAIN EX­PE­RI­ENCE TO FUR­THER YOUR CA­REER, GET FIT IF YOUR ROLE IS OF A PHYS­I­CAL NA­TURE, BE­COME A PART OF YOUR LO­CAL COM­MU­NITY AND FORM FRIEND­SHIPS. 70% OF PEO­PLE SAY VOL­UN­TEER­ING MAKES THEM FEEL HAPPY, SO IT’S A GREAT MOOD-BOOSTER TOO.

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