Why volunteer?

There are more reasons to volunteer than you might think.

For one, volunteering work is very rewarding. It gives you unique opportunities to make a difference to people's lives, your local community or the natural environment, and that can give you a real sense of purpose.

Volunteering is also a wonderful way to look after your wellbeing and mental health. Even though it means doing more, not less, volunteering reduces isolation, improves confidence and social skills, gives you a sense of perspective and can help you to manage stress.

Volunteer work also gives you a skills boost and will help you along your career path. Employers will look really favourably on volunteer experience for many reasons. For one, it shows that you can manage your time well to fit in volunteering and that you’re willing to commit to something, both of which make you very employable. It proves that you’re happy to get involved in the wider world and help others. And of course, each type of volunteer work teaches you different practical skills to use.  Running a charity’s social media account will improve your communication and marketing skills, while helping plan and run activities at a Scouts group will develop your patience and teamwork skills. These are all things that will help you in your career and they’ll give you something to talk about in your CV and job interviews beyond your degree.

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