If you’re aged 14 to 25 and interested in volunteering then YOU are in the right place!
Volunteering is more than just helping others; it’s also about helping yourself too.
What is a volunteer?
A volunteer is somebody who gives his or her time and skills for free. It can mean anything from volunteering from one day a week in a charity shop to spending a year helping children in disadvantaged areas of the world.
Volunteers are not paid for their time
It is not the same as work experience, which is where you are employed (and not paid) for a certain amount of time in order to gain experience in the workplace. Instead, volunteers work for organisations that have worthy causes such as helping the environment or those with greater needs than others.
What sort of volunteering do you want to do?
There are many different types of volunteering opportunities available. We have opportunities within:
- Health and Social Care
- Your local community
- Youth Work
- Uniformed Services
- International Volunteering
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- Do you have transport? Can you get to the opportunity?
- Are you old enough to volunteer for the opportunity? Some organisations can only accommodate volunteers over the age of 18.
- When are you available? Some organisations are flexible but some might require you to volunteer at a set time on a set date.
- Do you want to work outside? Or would you prefer to work in an office?
- Do you want to work with people? Or do you like working alone best?
Answering these questions should help you decide where you would like to volunteer your time.
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There are many reasons that people volunteer ; some do it for the love of the cause, some to meet new, interesting people and others do it to improve their skills and chances of getting a relevant job.
Make sure that you want to do it for the right reasons and that you are fully committed to it. If you don’t go into it whole heartedly you’ll just be wasting everyone’s time including your own.
Of course that doesn’t mean that you have to live work and breathe volunteering. You could take on a small volunteering job but if the project requires time then you need to be fully committed to it.
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The great thing about volunteering is that not only are you helping out a worthy cause of your choice but you’ll be gaining loads from the experience too.
You’ll meet new friends, learn new skills and if you’re working in a different country, you may get to experience a new culture. All of these things are available in life.
Whatever your reasons for choosing to volunteer, you’ll definitely be more attractive to future employers with some volunteering experience on you CV.
I want to volunteer, what’s next?
Please get in touch with us by email firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone: 01978 312556 or visit us in Wrexham Volunteer Centre, which is based in AVOW | Tŷ Avow | 21 Egerton Street | Wrexham | LL11 1ND