I want to Volunteer

 

What Can I do?

 

 

• Befriender              • Carer               • Charity Shops
• Disability                 • Driver              • Elderly     

• Environment           • Gardener         • Handyperson         

• Mentor                    • Trustee            • Youth worker

 

Volunteering is:

an opportunity to meet people and make friends
a chance to share your interests, knowledge and experience
a chance to explore career options and open doors
a chance to put something back into your community

 

There are many good reasons to volunteer - the most important one is because you want to.
Volunteering is also good for your physical and mental health:

 

63% of 25 - 34 year olds and 62% of over 65's say volunteering helps them feel less stressed
71% of volunteers who offer their professional skills and experience say volunteering helps combat depression.  
Nearly half of all volunteers say volunteering has improved their physical health and fitness.
22% of 18 to 24 year olds say volunteering helps them cut down on alcohol
30% say volunteering helps them smoke less.

 

(2004, ICM Research findings commissioned for Community Service Volunteers and Barclays)

 

 
 

Who can Volunteer?

Anyone can volunteer, whatever your background, qualifications, physical, sensory or learning capabilities you can do your part to make your community a better place. Everyone has abilities and qualities that are useful in some way.

 

 

What can I do?

You do not need any special skills.  You'll learn a lot while you're helping out and more formal training is also often available.
You could get involved in supporting:

 

Children
Young people
Older people
People with disabilities

 

Roles include:

 

Administration and advice
Befriending and caring
Conservation and the environment
Practical, DIY and Gardening
Sport
Youth work
on a committee or as a trustee
and many more

 

 

I work full time - but I would like to volunteer
Volunteers are needed at weekends and evenings or ask your employer if they have an Employee Volunteering Scheme.  The amount of time you give is up to you - an hour or so every now and then or something more regular - you can volunteer to suit yourself.

 

 

Will volunteering affect my benefits?
Volunteering will not affect your benefits, but you do need to inform your local Jobcentre Plus.  New rules mean that people on benefits who do voluntary work can now claim out of pocket expenses, for example legitimate travel expenses. 

 

I want to volunteer - what do I do now?

Visit do-it.org.uk and register NOW

 

If you need further information please contact

us on 01642 440571