Why Volunteer?

There are a number of reasons why people choose to volunteer.
For some it provides an opportunity to:

  •  give something back to an organisation that has impacted on a person’s life, either
    directly or indirectly
  • make a difference to the lives of others
  •  help the environment
  • help others less fortunate or without a voice
  • feel valued and part of a team
  • spend quality time away from work or a busy lifestyle
  • gain confidence and self-esteem.

For some, volunteering can be a route to employment, or a chance to try something new which may lead to a career change as volunteering can be a way of:

    • gaining new skills, knowledge and experience
    • developing existing skills and knowledge
    • enhancing a CV
    • improving one’s employment prospects
    • gaining an accreditation
    • using one’s professional skills and knowledge to benefit others (can be known as pro bono).

For others, volunteering appeals because of its social benefits. These include:

    • meeting new people and making new friends
    • a chance to socialise
    • getting to know the local community.

Regardless of the motivation to volunteer, what unites all of the reasons is volunteers find volunteering both challenging and rewarding.