Volunteering is “any activity that involves spending time, unpaid, doing something that aims to benefit the environment or someone other than, or in addition to, close relatives…volunteering must be a choice freely made by each individual. This can include formal activity as well as informal community participation.” If you do not find work immediately it is worth becoming a volunteer or enrolling on a personal development opportunity, as this will give you valuable work and life experience whilst you are looking for paid employment. You may get paid expenses, e.g. for travel to the venue.
You help others
You make new friends
You can explore a new career
You have fun
You build up your self confidence
You improve your CV
You put something back into your community
WHAT CAN YOU DO ?
Many people think that volunteering is only done by retired people or adults with a lot of spare time. This is not true and there are many types of activities young can become involved with.
These include: environmental projects, conservation work, being a DJ, working with children, working with elderly people, youth work, retail work in shops etc.,
HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED ?
There are many places to contact, you can work in your own area or in another part of the United Kingdom.
NB There are also opportunities abroad for certain things, there are normally age restrictions on these opportunities, you will need to be at least 18 years of age, in some cases older.