There are many reasons why people volunteer, ranging from wanting to make a difference to getting an up-to-date reference.
Volunteering is a great opportunity to learn new skills, meet new people, get involved in your community, share your talents, improve your job prospects, build self-confidence and do something you enjoy!
Just a little of your time could make the world of difference to someone: without volunteers, many voluntary and community groups would not be able to provide valuable services to the local community. Plus, volunteers frequently find they get a lot more out of it than they put in.
How to get started
Search the opportunities available on Volunteer Connect Devon; these are updated regularly with new opportunities as they arise. You can also register on Volunteer Connect and, if you wish, sign up to the Volunteer Bank: you can then be contact (securely, via the website) with offers of opportunities that match your skills and interests.
If you're looking for something specific, you can contact relevant local organisations directly to see if they could use a volunteer.
If you just want to dip your toe in the water without making a commitment, you could try one-off volunteering: look out for local opportunities or use the advanced search on Volunteer Connect Devon to see what's listed there. I
What can you do?
The range of opportunities is enormous. As a volunteer, you could be:
- Enabling a young carer to attend a social event
- Enjoying art and craft alongside people who are young, old or who have special needs
- Administrating for a local charity
- Offering a hand at a prison's visitor centre
- Taking part in a conservation project
- Visiting patients on a hospital ward
- Supporting children to learn through play
- Acting as an advocate for those who lack confidence or communication skills
- Providing advice on a telephone helpline
- Providing a bed and hot meal for a homeless young person for a night
- Packing and distributing foodboxes for a local food bank