Volunteering is where you donate your time to a cause or organisation without being paid for it. Volunteering may benefit the environment, communities or other people who are not related to you.
It could be…
Taking part in a social action project such as the National Citizen Service (NCS).
Taking part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.
Helping out at a youth or sports club or any helping at school. You may be a peer mentor or school council member.
Why people volunteer
People choose to volunteer for a variety of reasons. For some it offers the chance to give something back to the community or make a difference to the people around them. Regardless of the reasons they volunteer, what unites them all is that they find it both challenging and rewarding.
How volunteering can help
By volunteering you may benefit from the following –
- Gaining new skills and knowledge
- Enhancing a CV for work or university
- Improving your employment prospects
- Gaining an award or accreditation
- Meeting new people and making friends
- Having fun