It’s International Volunteer Day on 5 December and was designated by the United Nations in 1985 as an international observance day to celebrate the power and potential of volunteerism.
Many charities and organisations rely on volunteers to deliver the help and support they provide and without them wouldn’t have the capacity to make such a difference. Volunteers not only keep costs down but many have specialised skills that increase the quality of the service the charity delivers.
Volunteering is also a great way to enhance your skills and experience, especially whilst you are job searching. It’s amazing the people you meet when you are working as a volunteer; people you can get to know, learn from and use to build a network of contacts that could be really useful at some point during your job search or indeed at other stages of your career.
You’ll also feel valued and part of a team, gain confidence and self-esteem and for some, volunteering can be a route to employment, or a chance to try something new which may lead to a career change.
Your CV will also benefit from volunteering as it helps to show a potential employer that you have put your skills and experience to good use during a time of unemployment but also tells them about you as a person.
Other types of volunteering include supporting your local community in other ways. For example, Lynne our MD supports 2 local colleges in her role as a Volunteer Enterprise Adviser. You can read more about why and what she does here.