Are you a young person wanting to volunteer?
Figuring out what you want to do as a career at the age of 18 can be quite daunting. There are many career avenues to think about and not always the chance to try out different things before making these decisions. Volunteering could be the answer you are looking for as this is a great way to experience different opportunities, meet new people and gain lots of new skills to enhance your CV. Here at the Medway Volunteer Network, we support people into volunteering roles and have included some information about where young people can go to volunteer and the benefits of volunteering.
Firstly you should consider your long term aim. If you are unsure about this then the Duke of Edinburgh award https://www.dofe.org/do-your-dofe/ or National Citizen Service https://www.ncsyes.co.uk/sign-up-to-ncs may be for you. Both schemes help you to develop interpersonal skills together with experience of working on community projects.
Here is some feedback from previous participants:
(Quotes from the Duke of Edinburgh and NCS website)
“a fun and rewarding journey where you’ll grow in confidence and become more independent, achieving a DofE award opens doors to education and employment opportunities for any young person”
“I previously had no idea what I wanted to do but working towards my DofE made me realise the career path I wanted to pursue and I am now studying towards becoming a qualified youth worker”
“Amazing once-in-a-lifetime experience with a new group of friends. Thanks to everyone from our team for making it such an incredible experience.”
If you know where you would like to be in the longer term then volunteering for a specific organisation may help you get there. Research charities or community organisations that cater for the type of work you hope to do and offer your services. The range of volunteering opportunities available is great, from retail, admin and catering to fundraising, social media, conservation and beyond.
Our volunteer vacancy page gives more details http://www.mva.org.uk/Default.aspx?PageID=19143787&A=WebApp&CCID=32115&Page=3&Items=10 and you can sign up to receive our bulletin http://www.mva.org.uk/Volunteering-volunteers to receive volunteering opportunities straight in to your inbox.
There are many benefits to volunteering and regardless of your reason for giving your time, volunteering can offer a wealth of benefits – both to you and those who you are helping. Volunteering can:
- Become part of a unique community
- Improved Mental and Physical Health
- Making new friends and an opportunity to socialise
- Gaining career experience and new skills
- Personal enjoyment & fulfilmentWhat ever your reasons, volunteering has lots to offer and can make a real difference, to you and to others. If you would like more information about volunteering, please do contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org visit our website for more information.
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