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Why volunteer?

So why do something for nothing? There are so many reasons! You can:

  • make a real difference to people's lives
  • learn new skills that could lead to a new job
  • meet new people
  • have fun!

I have gained lots of experience and skills volunteering in the Mind shop and I have met lots of new people, all of whom I get on well with. I really enjoy volunteering as it keeps me busy and gets me out of the house, and I feel I am helping the organisation by volunteering, as they benefit greatly from any help given to them.

Volunteering should never be something you are made to do, and is not done for financial gain. The rewards are about the satisfaction of putting something back into society, about gaining useful experience and skills, meeting new people, and hopefully having fun!
Volunteering has benefits for everyone

Volunteering not only benefits local communities.  It also benefits you as the volunteer.  There is not only the satisfaction of making a difference to people's lives.  We know that volunteering can help you have:

  • a greater sense of well-being
  • new experiences and skills
  • more confidence
  • a wider circle of friends

Can volunteering help me get a job?

Volunteering does not guarantee you a job, but it can greatly improve your chances.

  • 94% of employers believe that volunteering can add to skills
  • 73% of employers would employ a candidate with volunteering experience over one without
  • 58% believe voluntary work experience can be more valuable than experience gained in paid employment

Through volunteering you can try out different kinds of work.  If you are already working, volunteering can help you change direction.

I've already been able to update my CV by closing a career-gap, got some great material for cover-letters and interviews, and could get a good reference. It's an instant boost to well-being, and instils a good work-ethic on which to settle some stable routine (...eventually!).

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