There are many ways that people provide voluntary support to their communities and there are many benefits to taking on a formal voluntary role, and not just to the organisation that you choose to help. Taking on a volunteer role in your community can give you, the volunteer, many positive opportunities. Volunteering could give you the opportunity to:
- Meet new people, especially if you are new to an area.
- Try something new.
- Experience meeting and procedure protocols, or the chance to upskill or practise skills you are developing.
- Gain experience in a new field - you might be able to try out a new career without making a long-term change or commitment.
- Strengthen your ties to the community and broaden your support network, exposing you to people with common interests, neighbourhood resources, and potentially fulfilling activities.
- Expose you to professional organisations or networking opportunities that could be of benefit to your career.
- Practise and develop your social skills, since you are meeting regularly with a group of people with common interests.
- Develop your sense of identity and achieve a sense of accomplishment. The better you feel about yourself, the more likely you are to have a positive view of your life and future goals.
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