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Looking back at Volunteers’ Week

The past week has marked Volunteers’ Week – a week dedicated to saying thank you for the fantastic contribution volunteers make to all kinds of projects and organisations. Over the week, hundreds of events and celebrations have been taking place across the UK to raise awareness of the benefits and impact of volunteering. It is an opportunity to give recognition to volunteers for their invaluable and diverse contribution to the nation.

Volunteering for all

The theme of this year’s Volunteers’ Week is ‘volunteering for all’. Aiming to celebrate the diverse ways people give their time – and their time is so valuable. Did you know, the estimated value of volunteers helping UK charities is £22.6bn? It’s a lot more than we expected. Which just goes to show the impact and importance of volunteering.

Boost your CV

Not only does volunteering boost happiness and make you feel good. It is an excellent way to boost your skill set, too. For so many reasons, volunteering is an excellent addition to your CV. It provides those without any workplace experience with the opportunity to understand the world of work. Whether that’s accountability, punctuality or responsibility.

It is also a brilliant way to give your soft skills (in other words, less tangible skills such as communication and emotional intelligence) an upgrade. Meeting new people and learning a new skill. From mornings in a charity shop to getting stuck in with a community gardening project.  All aids these soft skills by exposing you to new things. We learn more when we are out of our comfort zone.

Get ahead

In terms of applying for an apprenticeship, new course or job, volunteering is a valuable asset to arm yourself with. The ‘V’ word demonstrates dedication, work ethic and time management skills. The ability to prioritise (for example, balancing volunteering with study or other commitments) and any specific skills individual to that sector or trade. For example, customer service.

Equipped with all these skills, volunteering surely gives your confidence a boost. Ultimately, it makes you feel good by doing good. Like the sound of that? Find your volunteering opportunity here. And if that’s not testament enough, take a look at these volunteering facts – some will surprise you!

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Infographic by Volunteers’ Week