“VOLUNTEERS are people who, unpaid and of their own free will, contribute their time, energy and skills to help others in the community or to benefit the environment.”
We believe that everyone has the right to volunteer, see our
The current legislation on volunteering whilst on benefits:
Whilst helping to improve life for others, you’ll get something out of the experience for yourself.
There’s nothing wrong with that … volunteering is a “win-win thing.
It’s worth thinking about why you want to volunteer before thinking about what you might do.
Volunteer for lots of good reasons:-
- Gain useful experiences & new skills (good for the CV)
- Try out something new
- Build confidence & self esteem
- Take on new challenges
- Share your skills to help others
- Make more effective life & career plans
- Give something back to the community
- Do something that’s important to you
- Have fun
- Meet new people
Why not give volunteering a try? You’ve got nothing to lose & maybe lots to gain!
For Volunteers we provide:
- · A volunteering information service for people interested in volunteering – by personal visit, phone or email
- · Information on local voluntary opportunities – over 350 at any one time – so plenty of choice!
- · 1:1 confidential discussions with no pressure to make on-the-spot decisions
- · Some extra help for people with extra support needs who would like to volunteer
- · Signposting to Team Challenges for groups of people who would like a volunteering project
- · Information on volunteer roles and responsibilities
- · Fact sheets e.g. volunteering whilst on state benefits
- · Special events e.g. Volunteer Speed matching, celebration of Volunteers Week, Make a Difference Day
- · Access to training courses for Volunteers
Follow up service and ebulletins