Volunteer Work

Volunteer Work

Volunteer Work

If you’re just starting out in life or are looking for a change of career, one of the major stumbling points can be your lack of experience or just something eye-catching on your CV. Alternatively, you may simply be looking to give something back to society or get a chance to do something different. Volunteer work can solve any or all of these dilemmas and needn’t be worthy and boring. The following sites can help you find the right work.

Whilst there are no age-limits on volunteering, it can sometimes be difficult for people under 16 or over 65, generally for insurance reasons.

For more information on paid homeworking options visit our homeworking page.

This site with UK homeworking opportunities. If you are based outside the UK, please visit our international homeworking site.

If you are considering volunteer work you need to consider both what you want from volunteering (new skills, fun, a chance to contribute to a cause) and also what you have to offer(enthusiasm, work skills, life skills etc. plus time available)

The best way to find out what’s available is to do some searches on the do-it database. If you get too many results (I got 642 within 5 km of my home!), narrow them down by selecting from the activity and category drop-down menus. If you don’t get many results try increasing the distance searched.

Remember that anyone can be a volunteer; whatever your skills, experience or background there will almost certainly be an opportunity for you. Often the most difficult part of volunteering is making the first move, so just go for it!

Horsesmouth.co.uk is a new social networking site, offering virtual volunteering opportunities for anyone aged 16 or over. By becoming an online mentor with horsesmouth.co.uk, you can support and advise others from the comfort of your own home.

If you’ve lived, you’ve learned. The skills and knowledge you have gained from your experiences could be really useful to people facing the same choices and challenges; people who might otherwise never meet and who would never be lucky enough to meet you. As an online mentor, you can help others in an anonymous, confidential and secure environment.

To sign up, visit the site and fill in a survey about your experiences. You can pick your own mentoring topics and chose exactly how much or little time you want to volunteer each week. When you have completed these hours, the search engine will remove you from results so that your profile is not seen by other members.

The site operates an e-Bay-like reputation system, called the M-factor. This allows you to be rated on your friendliness as well as the usefulness and speed of your response.

Find out more at http://www.horsesmouth.co.uk.

Providing you are 16 years old or over and have access to a UK mobile phone (for registration purposes), anyone with life experiences, achievements or lessons learned, can be a horsesmouth mentor, and anyone with a life could be a horsesmouth member.

St John Ambulance – First aid cover at major sporting events

First aid volunteers at the London Marathon, Wimbledon, Premiership football, cricket at Lords, the British Grand Prix. When crowds gather for the summer’s top sporting events, St John Ambulance volunteers are there, on the front line, keeping people safe – and you could be one of them.

First aid volunteers are trained to treat all sorts of injuries ranging from headaches to heart attacks. They’re often first to arrive at the scene of an accident, and provide essential support until the emergency services arrive. They use their skills to provide first aid treatment at public events, from village fetes to rock concerts.

For St John Ambulance, the British Grand Prix is one of the year’s biggest public events, with over 500 volunteers involved over the course of the week. At last year’s Flora London Marathon, 1400 volunteers treated over 5,000 participants. At Wimbledon, volunteers remind the 30,000 spectators to stay safe in the sun.

To become a first aider with St John Ambulance, you’ll need to commit to weekly meetings, training sessions and attend events on a monthly basis. The events you attend will depend on what’s on in your local area. You don’t need any previous experience, as full training is provided. Once you’re trained, your skills can be used in a variety of settings outside of St John Ambulance, such as emergencies in the home or depending on the training you have undertaken, in the work place. The more experience you get, the more advanced training you can receive.

St John Ambulance also has a range of other volunteer opportunities besides being a first aider. Volunteers can assume a support role, such as a youth leader, trainer, driver, recruiter or fundraiser or become involved in one of our community projects. These roles help ensure that they can continue to provide the front line first aiders at our favourite sporting events.

To find out more about the volunteering opportunities with St John Ambulance or to become a volunteer contact your nearest county headquarters. You can find them by selecting a county from the drop-down box in the right-hand corner of the St John Ambulance homepage.

Vinspired

Like the sound of working as a steward at some of summer’s hottest festivals? Or perhaps a stint on community radio is more your thing. You can do all this and more by volunteering through v.

Whether your passion is music, the environment, sport or working with kids, they’ve got 1000s of opportunities up for grabs. Plus you get to meet new mates and claim bragging rights to loads of cool experiences.

vinspired is a volunteering site for 16 to 25 year olds. Visit the site at http://www.vinspired.co.uk to find out more and to use their search facility to see what’s avaulable in your area.

 

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