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Volunteering

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:

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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 http://www.do-it.org.uk/ 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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