Volunteering is when you give your time to help an organisation, or an individual to whom you are not related. For example, if you have ever helped at a sports event, or a school fair, or taken part in a sponsored walk, you have been a volunteer.
Volunteering should never be something you are made to do and is not done for financial gain. The rewards are about the satisfaction of putting something back into society, about gaining useful experience and skills, meeting new people, and hopefully having fun!
It benefits local communities and it also benefits you as the volunteer. You will have the satisfaction of making a difference to people’s lives. And, we also know that volunteering can help you to gain:
Volunteering does not guarantee you a job, but it can greatly improve your chances.
94% of employers believe that volunteering can add to skills
73% of employers would employ a candidate with volunteering experience over one without
58% believe voluntary work experience can be more valuable than experience gained in paid employment
Through volunteering you can try out different kinds of work. If you are already working, volunteering can help you change direction.
Once you have registered and applied for roles through County Durham Volunteering, the organisation you have appleid for should contact you within 10 working days.
After the initial contact with the organisation, they will explain their recruitment process which may take a few weeks before you can get started.
At Durham Community Action we can offer support to access volunteering.
Our friendly staff at the County Durham Volunteering Centre will be happy to offer you some practical help, including:
Tel: 01388 742040
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