What is Volunteering?
o activity where an individual or group provides services, help for
no financial or social gain "to benefit another person, group or
o Volunteering provides a way of giving your time and skills to
help others and to progress yourself.
o One of the better-known benefits of volunteering is the impact
on the community
When you are a volunteer
choose to give your skills and time
help out the community and the not-for-profit organisation you
get something out of it yourself
do it for free
Things to remember about
It’s always a matter of choice
It’s about participating in the community
It creates positive change
Why is volunteering important?
It empowers individuals
It adds value to not-for-profit organisations
It strengthens communities
It’s worth billions to the community
Sense of achievement
Tips for getting started volunteering
First, ask yourself if there is something specific you want to do.
For example, do I want…
…to make it better around where I live
…to meet people who are different from me
…to try something new
…to do something with my spare time
…to see a different way of life and new places
…to have a go at the type of work I might want to do as a full-
…to do more with my interests and hobbies
…to do something I’m good at
Volunteering: give it a try
Do you want to:
give something back to the community?
work for social change?
learn new skills?
gain work experience?
What’s it like to volunteer?
“Volunteering helps me put things in perspective –
it keeps me in touch with my community and what other
people’s lives are like.”
“It’s the best decision I’ve made.”
“In a word? Stimulating. And challenging. And
sometimes tiring. But always rewarding – it’s incredibly
rewarding. Actually, can I have more words?!”