I’ve been volunteering for a few years now in different roles and for different organisations. There were a couple of reasons I started volunteering; one was to give something back to the community, the other was to meet new people.
What I didn’t think about was how rewarding volunteering was. It’s great to feel that you are making a difference and also to feel needed. It also looks great on your C.V. and future employers might be more likely to employ someone who has volunteered. Volunteering is a great way to either use the skills you already have to help others or perhaps to try something new. If you think volunteering is just about shaking a bucket or picking up litter you are wrong. There are all kinds of great roles from beauty therapists to knitters, drivers to cyclists, handy men to office assistants and everything in between. You also don’t have to sign all your spare time away, you can choose the time you give be it 1 0r 2 hours a week or just a couple of hours now and again.
We are very lucky in Sligo to have a ‘One-stop-shop’ with the Sligo Volunteer Centre. It’s great to have them there as they will be able to advise you on roles that may suit you and best of all there is no pressure just information. If you are interested in Volunteering click the link above for more details.