People volunteer for various reasons such as meeting new people, learning new skills, or developing connections for their careers. If you’re looking to build your experience in a specific sector and gain skills, volunteering may be for you. When you volunteer you can make a difference in the lives of people, animals, and the environment.
Here are some benefits of volunteering:
Meet new people
Volunteering provides an opportunity to meet new people who share similar interests to you. When you choose where you would like to volunteer, you gain access to people from a variety of backgrounds and experiences who all share the same goal.
Improve your self-esteem
When you do something to contribute to the community in a positive way, you may experience a feeling of accomplishment. Heightened self-esteem can make you more likely to pursue challenges or set goals that can help you improve your life.
Volunteering provides an opportunity to have a new experience without having to be hired full time. If there is a career path you are thinking about taking but want the experience first, you may be able to volunteer to give you an idea of what that career may be like.
Learn valuable skills
Whilst volunteering you will receive hands-on experience and training, helping you to learn new skills and build upon the skills you may already possess. Depending on where you volunteer you will become more familiarised with the work environment and receive training on specific machinery.
Provide job prospects
Those you work alongside during your time as a volunteer can become your mentors or at least part of your network. If you choose to pursue a career in the field you volunteered in, the connections you have made will help you to grow your job prospects.
Did you know?
At Blackpool FC Sports College, our students are given the opportunity to volunteer at our sessions such as Tiny Tangerines, and our Holiday Camps to complement their course and build up some experience for their careers after they complete their learning.
Blackpool FC Community Trust is currently looking for volunteers across our programmes such as Extra Time and Armed Forces provision to support the community and its residents. The volunteer pathway and logbook help to evidence the impact of volunteers, and the trust provide hands-on support to develop opportunities to build confidence and transferable skills.
To showcase the work of volunteers at Blackpool FC Community Trust we are encouraging our volunteers to share what they are doing across social media with the hashtag #BFCCTVolunteer. If you’d like to volunteer with us, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01253 348691.