Getting back to work

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Ok, so it isn't paid work but volunteering can be a great way to build your skills and experience to help you get back into work.

Doing voluntary work can help you in a range of ways:


It can help you:

  • Try a different area of work.
  • Learn new skills.
  • Develop skills and experiences you can mention on your CV.
  • Have evidence to show future employers that you are being proactive and keeping busy.
  • Find something useful to do if you are not in work.
  • Feel you are doing something worthwhile.

If you are interested in volunteering then visit to find out more and to search through one million opportunities to volunteer and apply online.

Top Tips to help you start volunteering.

  • Think about what you want from volunteering - new skills, fun, a chance to contribute to a cause, etc.
  • Think about what you have to offer - enthusiasm, work skills, life skills, etc.
  • Work out roughly how much time you have to give, and how many times a week or month.
  • Browse! The best way to find out what's available is to do some searches on the do-it database. Use the quick search  or try the advanced search.
  • Remember that everyone can volunteer - whatever your skills, experience or background you should be able to find an opportunity.
  • Ask questions - don't be shy about asking questions as you go through the process of applying for an opportunity.
  • Just try it - often the most difficult part of volunteering is making the first move, so be brave!

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