Volunteers are the unsung heroes of our nation.
Giving their time and effort generously to a multitude of organisations that rely on volunteers to exist, yet they are so often forgotten and overlooked.
Approximately 20 million
Adults volunteer in the UK at least once a year, with many volunteering on a more regular basis of at least once a month.
The most popular form of volunteering is helping to organise an event or activity and the raising or handling of money as part of a sponsored event. For example, the volunteers who generously volunteered their time and energy for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and became known as the ‘Game Makers’.
Most people volunteer because they want to give something back to society or their community. Volunteering is a rewarding experience. A great feeling of a sense of achievement and pride from contributing hard work is gained by the volunteer.
Many people will start volunteering while looking for employment as it adds to their CV as a commitment to work and generosity of spirit.
There are a vast number of areas that offer volunteering opportunities both in the UK and overseas. Below are some voluntary organisations that should be able to advise you in search of volunteering opportunities.
Do-It.Org.Uk – A comprehensive database of volunteering opportunities in the UK and overseas. Also has local agencies (just put in your post code) and they will tell you of posts in your own area. www.do-it.org.uk
vInspired – A volunteering organisation for young people. Aimed at the ages of 14 to 25. www.vinspired.com
Regional Volunteering Website for Wales www.volunteering-wales.net