There are many reasons why people want to volunteer. Some say it gives them the chance to "give something back to the community" and make a difference to the people around them. For others it is seen as an opportunity to develop new skills or build on existing experience and knowledge.
Whatever it is that motivates people, more often than not they will find it challenging and rewarding. That feeling of being valued and part of a team is unbeatable and great for anybody's confidence!
Need more reasons?
Here are just a few...
- Help the environment.
- Help others less fortunate or without a voice.
- Quality time away from work or a busy lifestyle.
- Often a route to employment.
- Chance to try something new that may lead to a career change.
Volunteering has many social benefits such as..
- Meeting new people and making new friends.
- A chance to socialise.
- Getting to know the local community.
- Apparently it has a positive impact on health!
vInspired is a charity that connects young people with volunteer opportunities.
The Beta Generation is a vInspired report exploring the attitudes and ambitions of Britain's 16-21 year-olds.
Below is a video of the launch event that was held at Herbert Smith Freehills, and had contributions from Terry Ryall (CEO of vInspired), Paul Mason (Journalist and Broadcaster), Richard Tyrie (CEO of Good People) and young entrepreneur Caroline Odogwu.
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vInspired - an independent charity dedicated to helping young people volunteer in ways that matter to them.
Voscur - Voscur supports, develops and represents Bristol’s voluntary and community sector.
Elder helpers - matches volunteers with elders in need of help within their own community.
Volunteer Bristol - promotes and supports volunteering in the city, whether you're looking for volunteers or to volunteer.
Do it - Volunteering made easy. A database of current volunteering opportunities.
@ Bristol - Volunteering and internship oppportunities at At Bristol, help bring science to life.
NHS - University Hospitals Bristol NHS Foundation Trust have a variety of volunteer opportunities for which they receive large amounts of interest.