If you would like to gain new skills and offer something to the community, we have a number of opportunities for you. This is an invaluable method to enhance your CV and acquire confidence and experience to improve your job prospects. Each role can be tailored made to suit your time and availability. You can commit as little as 3 hours per week or even spend 5 full days with us. Travel and lunch expenses will be provided. There may even be an opportunity to get an NVQ qualification for free. 

To find out more about what voluntary roles are available, call us on 0121 572 5154 or 
email: info@thecommunityfoundation.org.uk

Why volunteer?

For many there is a genuine concern for the well-being of others and a belief that to get the most out of life, you need to contribute fully to society. However, there are other less obvious reasons why you might choose to volunteer and it is understandable to think about what you personally might get from this experience. Some of the benefits of volunteering include

·         a chance to develop existing skills or to gain new ones

·         the experience of working in a different environment

·         the opportunity to learn more about yourself and your capabilities, and gain more self-confidence

·         the potential for relevant vocational training which could lead to a recognised qualification

·         the chance to develop your networking skills by making new friends and developing contacts

·         an insight into the work of a particular sector

·         the intrinsic satisfaction of contributing to something you feel is worthwhile and which will be valued

·         additional material for your CV and future job applications.

Learning from volunteering

Volunteering can be an excellent way to further your studies and enhance your career prospects. To compete effectively in the current economic climate, and to enhance your employability, it’s crucial that you can provide evidence to employers of the transferable skills you possess, many of which can be gained as a volunteer. The competencies demanded by graduate recruiters commonly include.

·         people skills – teamwork, good communication, networking and empathy

·         management skills – leadership, use of initiative, delegation, planning and organising

·         business skills – commercial awareness and an understanding of how organisations operate.

Voluntary Work for Young people

vinvolved is a national programme for 16 – 25 year-olds who volunteer their time to do something they enjoy in their local community. 

What Are the Benefits?

·         You’ll be making a valuable difference to your community

·         You’ll gain new skills and develop existing skills - you might even realise that you have skills that you weren’t aware of!

·         You’ll meet new people and make new friends

·         You’ll build up your confidence and self-esteem

·         You’ll be able to achieve awards and gain accreditation that boost your CV and look great on job applications

·         You will have fun!

Accreditation and Recognition
You will be recognised for any volunteering you do through the vinvolved certificate, and if you complete 50 hours of volunteering activities you will receive the v50 Award

On completion of the 50 hour Award you’ll have the opportunity to apply for one of five Impact Awards based on you passions, skills, community, campaigning, and leadership.   

If you want to take a step further, you can be accredited for your volunteering. This will give you formal recognition in addition to the v awards, and can take the form of AQAs, Duke of Edinburgh Service Awards, and Youth Achievement Awards

If you would like to get involved, why not contact us to see what we can do for you.

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