Volunteering in any way, shape or form in my opinion is a great idea!
Why you may ask…?
Voluntary work gets you out of the house for a morning or a afternoon each week. It also helps you gain skills and make new friends while enhancing your CV at the same time. What’s not to love?!
I started my volunteering while I was doing my Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award. I was also at Cancer Research UK, where I learnt how to use a till, deal with price stock and most importantly, make tea! OK, the last one was a bit too straight forward! :-). As a bonus you volunteering for a charity is also helping to raise money for that charity.
I also volunteer within a youth organisation and I think it is very rewarding experience. Currently I am an Assistant Beaver and Cub Leader in two Scout Groups, where I plan meetings for each series. With the Beavers and Cubs receiving their badge at the end of each series of meetings. I get a real sense of achievement from doing this and so too do the Beavers and Cubs themselves.
In June 2015, I started volunteering at Hitchin Fire station, where I go out with the crews assisting with various patrols during the Summer and Autumn months.
In summary, giving what you can makes a huge difference in the world of volunteering. I would recommend it to anyone, employed or unemployed!