What’s in it for you: Volunteering

In recognition of #StudentVolunteeringWeek, I thought it would be timely to mention the benefits of being involved in volunteering, whether that’s at your local charity shop, scout group, animal centre or something different entirely! When this post goes live, I’ll be at a UK Youth Voice residential, volunteering my time to participate in training to help me truly represent young people in the UK. To find out more about UK Youth Voice, check out this post✨

My journey has been built on volunteering since about 12 (this is an estimate) so doing the maths, that’s about 6 and 1/2 years ago!

Here’s 5 Ways You’ll Benefit from taking part:

  1. You meet lots of new people
    It will improve your networking skills; communicating well- talking and listening to others are key skills that employers love! Not only that but you’ll probably make some friends for life.
  2. It makes you a busy person
    This definitely isn’t a bad thing as long as you can manage it.
  3. It helps you in the future!
    You can put it on your CV and it looks great, plus the things it brings for you personally will be life-changing.
  4. You can explore new avenues
    It’s hard to choose a career path for most of us, so volunteering can help you get experience in a particular field.
  5. Giving back is such a good feeling!
    I can say this from experience. Since the age of 6, I have been a member of the Scouting Movement and once I had completed Beavers, Cubs and Scouts, I started to give back by volunteering my skills and experience as a Young Leader. After a period of time, I completed the Young Leader Award scheme and was awarded a Young Leader belt. Volunteers helped me through my journey, so I wanted to help other young people develop and have fun. Later on, I became an #iwill ambassador for my work!

Do you volunteer? What benefits does social action bring to you? I’d love to know what you think.

Until next time,

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