Apart from the opportunity to really help people and support local communities, there's so much to gain from volunteering. It is an opportunity to acquire new skills, try something different, meet new people and work as a team to achieve results that are sometimes remarkable! A volunteering experience can be challenging, rewarding and varied. But above all, it should be fun.
Volunteers can really make a difference.
Business volunteering is not only good news for local communities; it can also have a positive impact on the volunteer.
Working in the community or with schools and students in a completely new environment will help to develop transferable skills such a clear communication, giving constructive feedback and leading teams in real-life rather than in a training seminar.
Still unsure about volunteering and the difference it can make? Read some of the feedback from schools and volunteers.
"It's the best thing" - Year 10 student mentored by a GE volunteer
"It's about providing positive role models for our students" - School co-ordinator
"Thank you for the fabulous science sessions. The children love it when you come in and they are really enjoying science this year" - Teacher
Optimism for me isn't a passive expectation that things will get better; it's a conviction that we can make things better - that whatever suffering we see, no matter how bad it is, we can help people if we don't lose hope and we don't look away.