Volunteer Centre Swindon staff became volunteers for a day when they took up a challenge to help out a local charity during Volunteers’ Week.
“We thought it would be a great chance to ‘practice what we preach’ and show that volunteering really can be done by anyone, needn’t take up lots of time and is of great benefit to local organisations.” said Sue Dunmore, Manager of the Volunteer Centre.
Over 22million people are involved in volunteering in the UK every year and Volunteers’ Week, which takes place each year between 1st – 7th June, is an opportunity for organisations to publicly recognise the work of their volunteers and to hopefully inspire a new generation of volunteers to ‘do-it’.
But volunteering isn’t just confined to one week in June. There are volunteers out there and doing it all year round. During this time of recession, volunteering can be a great way for people who have suddenly found themselves out of work to keep up their existing skills, learn new ones and perhaps investigate a future career change. It’s also a great way for young people who are finding it hard to break into the job market in these challenging times to gain the skills and experience needed to enhance their CVs.
“You don’t need to bring specific skills to volunteering – remember, it is as much about gaining skills as sharing them, and there is often help available for people with extra support issues, be this disability, low confidence or whatever things you feel may be holding you back. Why not give it a go?” said Sue.
Volunteer Centre Swindon have over 250 opportunities registered ranging from charity trusteeships to counselling to conservation work, so there really is something for everyone. There are also one-off volunteering opportunities available so if you don’t think you can commit longer term then we can still help.
To find out about opportunities in your local area check out www.do-it.org.uk or call the Volunteer Centre on 01793 420 557 to make an appointment to speak to an advisor.