What types of volunteering can I do?
There are lots of opportunities for volunteering. Some of these might include:
- fundraising for a charity or campaigning for a cause like climate change
- going abroad to help with international aid
- volunteering with a local sports team for young people
- spending your time in an animal shelter
- working with the elderly in a care home
- giving first aid or handing out supplies to the homeless
- supporting in a local library or a community centre
These are just a few examples.
Is volunteering paid?
No, volunteering is not paid. You will be giving up your time on a voluntary basis.
It’s important you know what you’re signing up for before you start volunteering. Make sure you’re getting good experience from it, that what the organisation is asking from you is reasonable, and that you’re able to commit to the time.
- You can help make a difference to people’s lives and the world in lots of roles.
- Volunteering can look great on CVs, personal statements, or apprenticeship applications.
- It’s a great way to demonstrate you’re passionate about a particular cause.
- You don’t get paid for your time.
- It can be time-consuming alongside working or studying, so make sure you don’t over-commit yourself.
Can volunteering help me get a job?
Volunteering can look great on your CV. It can help show you’re passionate about a particular cause or organisation and have gone the extra mile to demonstrate that. It can also give you something to talk about in job interviews or assessment centres, and help show good personality traits like kindness, helpfulness, and time management.
However, it completely depends on the job you’re applying for. For example, if you’re going into a retail apprenticeship, a part-time job in a shop may be able to demonstrate those skills better. Or if you’re going for an office job, an internship or a week of work experience might be able to show those skills.
Think about the skills you’re going to need for the job, apprenticeship, or course, and how you can best get experience that demonstrates them.