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Benefits of Volunteering

Re-establishing a work-like routine

Formal volunteering opportunities have the same routines as regular paid work: punctuality, start time, finish time, accepting supervision, team working, initiative, and socialising are work place routines that can be easily lost when out of work. Formal volunteering can help you get back into these routines and test and build your stamina while doing something worthwhile that you like and in a supportive environment.

Learn New Skills

Formal volunteering can help you to learn new skills, particularly useful if you are thinking of a career change or have to change your career because of ill-health or disability. For example, somebody who had worked in construction for 20 years, had injured their back and could no longer do this physically demanding job. Office work is suggested as a more suitable environment, but if you have never worked in an office, how do you know you'll like the work, environment, work culture, social culture and of course what skills will you need to do the job?

A volunteering opportunity in an office will allow you to gauge the suitability of this type of work for you and whether or not you would need to do any training to have the right skills. Many volunteer-involving organisations (VIO's) will provide you with training so you may not have to attend a course elsewhere.

Update Existing Skills

Volunteering can be very useful to check if your skills are still up to date for the type of work you want to do. If someone is thinking of returning to work after an extended period away, for example because of childcare responsibilities, choosing a volunteering opportunity in the industry or environment you previously worked in can give you an insight into what, if anything, has changed. Again it will allow you to make an informed choice about whether you still want to do this type of work, whether you would need any training to update skills and at what level would this training need to be.