There is no question that volunteers provide a valuable (often essential) service but why do they do it? The reasons for volunteering are numerous: meeting new people; improving job and/or training prospects; helping their community; learning new skills; keeping fit and active; opening doors for personal training and development; and providing a sense of achievement are just a few.
There are volunteering opportunities to suit people of all ages and all backgrounds with varying degrees of commitment such as retail, gardening and environmental work, healthcare, working with the young, the elderly or disabled, driving and many more. Many companies are also now offering employees volunteer days..
Our excellent article by Sharon Cattermole describes the benefits of voluntary work from a very personal perspective with some appropriate links.
The Volunteer Essex website also provides the ability to search volunteering opportunities throughout Essex or, if you are a charity or community group, to add your volunteer requirements.