People volunteer for a large number of reasons: to give something back to the community, to broaden their experiences, to learn a new skill, to meet new people and to exercise their talents and passions for the benefit of others. The beauty of volunteering is that you can get involved as much as you like, whenever you like. Research even shows that volunteers live happier and healthier lives – so why not give it a go?
HOW TO VOLUNTEER
There are lots of different types of volunteering opportunities, which means there is always something to suit every type of volunteer. If you like animals why not try fostering, whether it’s cats, dogs or even hedgehogs through Hayling Island Hedgehog Rescue. If you want a career in fashion, be the visible face of your local charity clothing shop and attract customers through the doors with your fantastic window displays. If you love sports, try team coaching. There are plenty of local sports teams to get involved with.
If you love the community, support local projects such as The Kings Arms youth centre which helps local young carers. Assist charities who provide specialist end of life care to patients and support for their close ones, such as The Rowans Hospice.
Or if you have set your heart on completing a challenge, why not raise money and awareness for a charity whilst doing so? With summer approaching it’s the perfect time to get involved in local sporting activities with Petersfield Ups and Downs charity cycle ride in July or the Isle of Wight half marathon in August.
STEPS YOU SHOULD TAKE
Finding volunteer work can be done in a number of ways: by finding the closest Hampshire volunteers centre to you (visit www.hampshirevolunteers.org.uk), by contacting your local community centre or local charities, or if you are interested in a particular cause, research ways in which you can get involved and help out locally.
Find out more about Volunteers’ Week at: www.volunteersweek.org