Volunteering is a way you can make a real difference to your own life and the lives of those in your community. With hundreds of voluntary and community groups in Northumberland there are many different voluntary opportunities available now.
People volunteer for many different reasons.
- You may be unemployed, retired, returning to work, looking to try something new or to get experience for your CV.
- You may have some spare time and want to help in your community or you may have a passion for a cause and want to help raise awareness of the issue.
- Maybe you want to help provide a service that will enhance the quality of life for other people, improve your environment or just make a difference.
Whether you only have a short amount of time occasionally or are able to commit to volunteering on a regular basis there is a volunteering opportunity for you.
What are the benefits of volunteering?
There are many personal benefits to volunteering:
- Learn new skills and gain experience
- Receive high quality training
- Use your existing skills and knowledge
- Meet new people and improve your social life
- Improve your confidence
- Enhance your CV
- Try something new
- Develop new interests
- Have fun and make a difference!
Research has also shown that volunteering can be good for your health and wellbeing.
What can I do as a volunteer?
There are so many different volunteering opportunities that it might be easier to say what can’t I do as a volunteer!
Examples of volunteering opportunities include:
- Helping a child to read
- Raise funds for an organisation or group
- Set up and run a music event
- Be a sports coach
- Provide support to people with Alzheimer’s
- Work with animals
- Do some gardening
- Help improve the environment
- Work in a museum or historical building
- Support victims of crime
- Helping at a hospital
How do I get started?
Before you start looking for a volunteering opportunity ask yourself the following questions:
- How much time can I spare and when am I available?
- How far am I able or willing to travel?
- What type of activities am I interested in?
- Are there any type of activities do I not want to do?
- How do I hope to benefit from volunteering?
- What skills do I have that I want to use in my volunteering work?
- Do I want an opportunity that requires training?
This will help you to narrow down your selection when looking at the many different opportunities that are available and help ensure you find a role that matches your interests and needs.
How can I find a volunteering opportunity?
Northumberland CVA’s database has many volunteering opportunities across the county. For details of local volunteering opportunities available now, click here.
Volunteering and benefits - for guidance on rules that apply when in receipt of state benefits click here
Other websites that may be helpful:
Do-it – a national database of volunteering opportunities
Help from Home – micro-volunteering opportunities
vInspired – national youth charity with volunteering opportunities for young people aged 14-25 years and award scheme for volunteering hours completed
CharityJobs – paid and voluntary roles in the charity sector
iwill - the #iwill campaign promotes social action among 10-20 year-olds. This includes activities such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering
Join in - promotes voluntering opportunities with local sports groups
Reach Volunteering - connecting charities and non-profit organisatons with skilled volunteers
Volunteering and benefits - guidance on rules that apply when in receipt of state benefits