This week, there are 300 different ways you could help in your community; anything from befriending, buddying, conservation, catering, driving, fundraising, IT and packing to probation work.
It is up to you to decide. Volunteers typically offer one or two half days each week. Some organisations use a rota system so would need you to do a regular weekly slot but others are totally flexible. Some organisations ask for a commitment of at least 6 months but there are some that are happy to take volunteers for shorter periods.
What sort of people become volunteers?
Volunteering can be for anyone regardless of age, ability or walk of life. At our centre, we help more people between the ages of 15 and 25 years to volunteer than any other age group. Some roles have a minimum age limit but there are lots that don’t.
Do you need any special skills to volunteer?
No, common sense is more important for most roles. If you’re friendly, reliable and enjoy a new challenge volunteering could be for you.
Volunteers usually support paid staff in their work. In general they should be on time and work the hours they agreed to, follow advice and directions from their supervisor and be willing to undertake training if necessary.
Will I be offered training and support?
Most organisations offer induction training and ongoing support as a minimum. Others have specific training courses for you to follow so that you become confident in your new role.
What’s in it for you?
The chance to make new friends, improve your employability, learn new skills, give something back to your community, improve your confidence, take on a new challenge and of course, have fun.
Call in at the Roundhouse and see how Volunteer Centre Dacorum can help you into your new volunteer role.