Volunteering is a positive experience for most volunteers, and as an experience, at its best, is time well spent, according to research for NCVO.
People mainly volunteer locally, in their own neighbourhoods, and the range of activities they get involved in are most commonly relating to organising events, administration, raising money and taking part in sponsored events, and getting others involved.
Around two-thirds of volunteers opt for civil society organisations, as their main choice.
Build Your Experience
At CAML our volunteering opportunities can give you an insight into the work that we do, which is relevant to many college and university courses, such as Law, Social Sciences and more.
Add to your CV by learning about issues such as housing, benefits, debt, employment or family relationships and social policy.
We will probably be able to fit your volunteering around your study commitments. If you need to take a break for exams or coursework, that’s no problem. We might even be able to find you alternative Citizens Advice locations, if you need to be out of our area.
A recent major research study for NCVO found that ‘wanting to improve things or help people’ is the most common reason people started volunteering. However, for younger people, it is also about gaining new skills.
Here are some of the reasons people choose to volunteer:
To give something back to an organisation that has impacted on a person’s life, either directly or indirectly
To make a difference to the lives of others
To help the environment
To help others less fortunate or without a voice
To feel valued and part of a team
To spend quality time away from work or a busy lifestyle
To gain confidence and self-esteem.
Our thanks to NCVO for permissions
We have been working with national Citizens Advice since 2017 to research the issues affecting our local clients and to campaign around these issues through short, bite-sized volunteering opportunities called micro-volunteering.
Here’s more about our current opportunities.