How Could You Volunteer in Your Community?

We’ve all heard of volunteering. However, it comes in many forms. Some people may volunteer in charity shops while others volunteer to help run groups and get-togethers for the elderly or vulnerable people in their community. Some use skills they already have for the benefit of others, while some learn new skills by volunteering.

There are lots of ways voluntary work can benefit the community, individuals and the people who give up their time to help others. The far-reaching effects can be quite impressive. Fundraising, raising awareness and improving lives are just three of the ways volunteers make a difference.

What would suit you – and where do you start?

Need some help?

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If you are wondering about becoming a volunteer but you’re not sure what to do or how to go about it, don’t worry. The government has set up a section of their website devoted to volunteering that provides you with a good starting point.

But it’s important to recognise you don’t always have to make a grand gesture. You can volunteer in your own way, too. Are there any elderly neighbours nearby who may enjoy having a cup of tea and a chat from time to time? Make it a weekly thing if you can, and you’ll be doing your bit for your local community without any input from others. It will benefit you and your own wellbeing as well as the wellbeing of the person you visit.

Additionally, our befriending scheme has been a great success within the London boroughs. If you’d like to help and you live within the London area, no matter which borough you are in, why not get in touch with us? We can provide more information on how you can help us. We have seen first-hand how useful this scheme has been, and how it has improved lives. Every life touched by the volunteers who make this scheme a reality has been changed for the better.

To find out more, visit the Befriending Scheme website or take a moment to call or email us if you know someone who might benefit from our services.

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