If you’re considering a new career, volunteering can help you get vital experience in different areas and meet a wide range of people and contacts.

Even if you’re not planning on changing career, volunteering gives you the opportunity to practice important skills used in the workplace every day, such as teamwork, problem solving and project planning. You may feel more comfortable stretching your wings at work once you’ve practised these skills in a volunteer position and apply for a role within the organisation.

Volunteering for work experience

Volunteering offers you the chance to try out something new without making a long-term commitment and is a great way to gain experience in a new area. We have opportunities within our own organisation and with a variety of partner businesses. However, just because volunteering is unpaid doesn’t mean the skills you learn aren’t valuable. Many volunteering opportunities provide extensive training and build on skills you already have to help the wider community.

Volunteering to give something back

For some volunteering offers the chance to give something back to the community or make a difference to the lives of others. Volunteering can be both challenging and rewarding.

Getting started

  • If you’re feeling motivated and inspired to start volunteering click here to register with the National Volunteering Organisation.
  • To find about Volunteering opportunities in your area, please visit your local voluntary council.