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Why Volunteer?

It is National Volunteers' Week (1st – 7th June 2020) and we’re looking at all of the benefits of volunteering.

Every year, National Volunteers' Week celebrates volunteers and says thank you to them for their ongoing commitment. This year, in particular, volunteers have been vital in the fight against Covid-19 and the Government’s plea for volunteers back in March saw over half a million people sign up to help others.  

From adding to your CV to improving mental health, volunteering is a great opportunity to develop skills and give something back.

Make a difference

There are lots of local charities and groups that require volunteers in order to make a difference. From cleaning up our beaches to providing care for those in need, there are lots of options. Kent Coast Volunteering can help you find local volunteering opportunities that are ideal for you.

There's something for everyone

Do you prefer to work alone or in a group? Do you want to work locally or would you like the chance to go further afield? Are you confident and outgoing or would you rather be behind the scenes? Volunteering offers so many options that you can find something that suits you. So whether you are young or old, have lots of time or only a little, are full of confidence or a little bit shy, your contribution will still be valuable.

Meet new people

Volunteering can be a great opportunity to make new friends and meet new people. Even if you lack confidence, volunteering will help increase your interpersonal skills and you’ll be working with people who share common goals and interests. It can also be great for your mental health. The sense of achievement can be really good for boosting your mood and social interaction can help with feelings of isolation.

Develop your skills

Volunteering can be a great way to improve your skills before coming to college. Being a volunteer will help you develop your social skills and general employability, but there are also a lot of opportunities that can be relevant to your chosen course. Getting a bit of extra experience will help you in your studies and future career.

Boost your CV

Volunteering on your CV shows an employer that you can commit to a job and have a strong work ethic. It is great if your volunteering is relevant to the job role, but volunteering also builds ‘soft skills’ that employers look for. Stuff like being punctual, working with others and being trustworthy can all be demonstrated by having volunteered. You can also put the organisation down as a reference (just make sure you ask first). 

Remember, you will also take part in social action projects and Community Weeks on your college course, so make sure you add these experiences to your CV.

If you’re interested in volunteering, you can contact Kent Coast Volunteers to find local opportunities.