How to Volunteer
How Do I Volunteer?
There are many reasons why people choose to do voluntary work, each of them as valid as the next. It may be because you have time on your hands, you want to do something worthwhile, or have a particular skill you want to use to benefit others, you may want to build your confidence or want to gain or brush up on existing skills to improve your job prospects. The most important reason for volunteering is because you want to.
A successful voluntary placement can be achieved if you are clear about your own needs and what you hope to get out of voluntary work. Think about the ways in which you can best contribute.
Ask yourself the following questions:
What are your particular skills and interests?
What do you really enjoy doing?
Do you prefer working on a one-to-one or group basis?
Do you enjoy doing things you can do easily or would you prefer the challenge of something new?
So What Do You Do Now?
The next step is to find out which organisations and what voluntary opportunities are available to you.
You can ring us for a friendly chat or call into the Bureau where a member of staff will be happy to discuss what options are available to you.
You can attend our Outreach Surgeries for enquiries about volunteering in the wider parts of the Vale.
You can click onto http://www.volunteering-wales.net/searchops.html and see the huge choice of opportunity available
Benefits to the Community
Getting the volunteering habit early encourages lifelong volunteering, and broadens people’s horizons, helping to develop the skills and qualities which will value your local community.
Volunteering has no barriers it can benefit all ages, backgrounds, cultures and abilities and can benefits everyone involved. It develops the individual, strengthens the community and benefits society as a whole. The Vale Volunteer Bureau believes that it is essential that everybody has the opportunity to engage in such an important and worthwhile activity.
People participate in volunteering for a variety of reasons, to:
•gain confidence and self esteem
•meet new people
•gain new skills or build on existing ones
•enhance a C.V.
•gain practical experience
•look at a career change
•or simply just to fill some time in the day
The rewards of volunteering are immense. It can assist people in a variety of ways, bringing about personal benefits, which in effect, will see the volunteer flourish in their day to day self development