Many young people struggle with planning their future with the pressures of society and even close friends and family. With so many jobs requiring skills and experiences that you can’t get without having the job first. Looking into volunteering is a great way to develop your skills and get you the much needed experiences required. Not only is it a great thing to put on your cv but it is also a great way to develop yourself as a person, a safe environment to meet new people grow your confidence and get support to help you grab that next step to your future.
One of the best things about volunteering is that it can be flexible work experience to get you ready for the next step. It could be summer work experience, but a lot of these charities would benefit greatly from help from younger volunteers to develop the charity itself, widening its market, developing the creative sides of the charities which they so often lack, and also looking at utilising new technology such as social media.
Benefits of volunteering:
- CV development (good to have real work experience on a CV).
- Developing new skills
- Meet new people
- Increases confidence
- Feel part of something
- Gain a sense of accomplishment
- Improves wellbeing and increases happiness
- Good to get out and make a difference
- Friendly team to support you to develop
- Try out the kind of roles you want to do as a future career
- Your skills will be valued – things like photography, computer skills and social media
Specialist Local Charities Helping Young People Volunteer:
AYA provides opportunities for young people (aged 14 to 24) to volunteer in the community. The activities are fun and challenging, ranging from projects with children, the elderly and people with disabilities to sports and creative arts and lots in-between. If we haven’t got a project that interests you, then why not start one! Read more about AYA
Wycombe Youth Action:
Wycombe Youth Action offers support for young people who are not in Education, Employment or Training to gain work experience and skills. We also offer volunteering opportunities on projects or in the form of Work Experience with the WYA team if you are aged 13-19. Read more about WYA
Search for volunteer roles on Vinspired:
vInspired is an independent British charity dedicated to helping young people volunteer in their local communities. Search now.
National Citizen Service:
Are you 15-17 years old? NCS organised Summer volunteering projects. More than 200,000 young people have already taken part in NCS across the UK. Read more about NCS
This article was written by our young volunteer Charlotte, who has just completed her college course, here is what she says about her experience of volunteering: