Why be a Volunteer

People choose to volunteer for different reasons – Read about Worcestershire volunteers in Success Stories

There are many reasons to volunteer...

Develop skills and experience, stand out in today's tough job market

A chance to gain new skills, knowledge and experience which can enhance your CV, as well as gaining references and experience of being in a workplace.

Meet people

an opportunity to meet new people, make friends, socialise and be part of your community

Give something back

to your local community, or by supporting organisations who have helped you or your family along the way

Follow your passion

this could be the environment, sport or looking after other people, whatever it is there will be a volunteering opportunity for you

Help others

make a difference to the lives of others and help people less fortunate than you

Give yourself a boost

feel personally valued and part of a team, build your self-confidence, have a better social life as well as improved job prospects.

Try something new

a chance to try something new and a break from a busy lifestyle.

Have Fun!

a fun and rewarding way to spend your free time

Be a good neighbour

You don’t have to volunteer regularly through an organisation you can be a good neighbour, helping people near you to stay happy and healthy. Things you could do include visiting or befriending your neighbours especially if they don’t get out much, collecting shopping or prescriptions, paying bills, offering lifts or transport to appointments, babysitting or childcare, looking after pets or property, or organising a get together – there are loads of ways that you can be a good neighbour

Its Official - People who volunteer are happier

Compared with those who had not volunteered in the last 12 months, people who had volunteered formally on a regular basis, reported higher ratings on the measures of life satisfaction, happiness, and feeling that the things they do in life are worthwhile.

Cabinet Office - Giving of time and money
Findings from the 2012-13 Community Life Survey