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Volunteers Are Awesome!

Why giving up your time to help others is so rewarding and makes a real difference…

June 1-7 is Volunteers’ Week; a time to celebrate and thank the millions of people who volunteer across the UK. If you’ve been looking for positive ways to spend your free time, why not give volunteering a go? Giving up your spare time to volunteer with a local charity or organisation not only makes you feel good inside; it also helps you develop key life and work skills. It’s also a brilliant way to increase your confidence and build up your self-esteem. Helping others + doing a good job = a sense of warmth and pride!

Why Volunteer?

There are many people across the country who could benefit from your generosity. Some people need help with day-to-day practical issues, like shopping and cleaning, while others desperately need emotional support or just someone to talk to.

It’s not just individuals who benefit from voluntary work – communities do, too. You can volunteer your time to help clear up your local park, for example, or pitch in at a bake sale to help raise funds for a new roof for the town hall. There are so many ways to make a real difference.

Volunteering is a two-way street – it benefits YOU just as much as the person, place or organisation you’re dedicating your time to. Volunteering helps build confidence and teaches you new skills. It’s a great way to boost your self-esteem and to make new friends, plus it can help keep you fit and healthy if you’re engaging in physical activity such as gardening or litter picking. In short, it’s an excellent way to improve your mental and physical health and wellbeing! Discover more about the benefits of volunteering here. https://hiddenstrength.com/for-me/well-being-and-health/mental-well-being/10-benefits-of-volunteering/

Will I Make A Good Volunteer?

Of course! Everyone has something to offer. Have a think about what kind of position you might enjoy – you’ll get a lot more out of it if you find something that truly suits your personality. Consider the following:

  • Do I want to work with kids/animals/elderly?
  • How much time can I realistically offer?
  • Am I happier working alone or in a team?
  • What skills or experience do I have to make this a success?
  • What do I want to achieve?

Once you’ve decided the types of volunteering roles that best fit, you can start your search!

How Can I Become A Volunteer?

There are many ways you can find a volunteer position. You can:

  • Enquire at your local library
  • Pop into local charity shops to offer a helping hand
  • Keep an eye on social media – many towns and cities have a Facebook page where local vacancies and requests for assistance are posted
  • Ask at nearby residential homes for the elderly
  • Approach your local Rotary Club
  • Pop into an animal rescue centre
  • Ask at school if there’s anything you can help with
  • Visit a local place of worship (synagogue, church etc.)
  • Search online! Visit https://doit.life/volunteer to find a position near you!

Curated by

Sian Dolan
Sian Dolan is a content writer for Hidden Strength with a background in children’s and teenage magazines. She feels it’s more important than ever to write supportive, engaging features for young adults who need a guiding light and a helping hand with their mental health and wellbeing.