Could you give an hour for voluntary power?
Friends of Riverside Parks - volunteers litter-picking, August 2019
A survey* published by NCVO in January 2019 stated that 90% of volunteers felt that they really made a difference!
Volunteers are the life blood of many charities and not for profit groups. Without volunteers a vast range of activity would never take place and the world would be a poorer place.
Volunteering Ilkley is a website that enables local groups to advertise local volunteer roles to local people. And there is something for everyone.
As well as making a difference to local groups, volunteering can make a difference for volunteers themselves. There are many positive benefits to volunteering:
- Learning new skills
- Improving job prospects
- Meeting new people and socialising
- Combating social isolation
- Having fun
- Giving something back
- Increasing self confidence
- And much more…
“I retired early due to stress and feel my confidence is gradually returning allowing me to dabble again in the profession I so enjoyed.” Volunteer, Christchurch Cafe
So if you have ever considered volunteering, make this the year you take that step.
*Time Well Spent, NCVO January 2019