Volunteer in the UK

2011 is the European Year of Volunteering


Volunteering with an organisation working in Africa does not mean you have to travel there or even be familiar with the Continent. But volunteering in the UK is incredibly necessary to the survival and good running of small charities working in Africa and there are dozens of reasons why it is good for you.

e-volunteering is particularly useful to small charities that do not have an office or for home bound volunteers. So much is and can be done online; even conference calls !

Office or home base volunteers can get involved in all aspects of running a charity, from the necessary mundane bits of administration, keeping accounts, doing research on and off the internet to the more specialist areas of fundraising, bid writing, running an overseas volunteer scheme, events organising, keeping the website up to date, etc. There is a myriad of ways of getting involved and volunteering for a small charity often means you can have a go at everything.

Rearing to go? Then check out the forum for volunteer opportunities with Together 4 Africa and member charities.

Still unsure? Then carry on reading.

Volunteering is good for your CV
If you’re considering a new career, volunteering can help you get experience in your area of interest or give you the opportunity to practice important skills used in any workplace such as teamwork, communication, problem solving, project planning, task management, and organization.

Volunteering is good for your health
It increases your self confidence, your sense of pride and usefulness – keeps your mind active – can even reduce your chances of becoming depressed.

Volunteering is good for business
Corporate volunteering can boost a firm’s reputation while helping to create a highly-skilled, well motivated workforce and at the same time provide a distinct advantage when it comes to the recruitment and retention of top talent.

Volunteering, why should I do it? We found this well written answer on PBSKIDS.org

Volunteering takes up our time, energy, and sometimes, money. It can be hard work. It can find us doing and seeing new things, which can be challenging and even a little scary. So why bother? Especially as the problems of the world, or even your community, might seem gigantic. Unfortunately, they often are. You might even feel like there’s no point trying to do anything. Honestly, how can one person really make a dent in everything that needs to be done out there?
Well, think about standing in a completely dark room with no lamps or light switches. You light a candle, and suddenly there’s a little light, and the darkness doesn’t seem quite as bad. Then, slowly, people join you, until there are a hundred people with a hundred candles. Now the room is bright…and the darkness is gone!
Volunteering is like this. One single person, like one candle, can make a difference. If a whole bunch of “ones” gather together to work on the same problem, they can make it better…or even go away. Every person is important, and every person can do some good. Like you!