July 2018: Learning & Volunteering

July 2018: Learning and Volunteering

What is volunteering?

Volunteering is spending your time doing something to benefit other people and/or the environment. Volunteering can be a formal arrangement with the local charity - e.g. volunteering eight hours a week with a helpline. Or it can be a more informal arrangement which you might not realise is volunteering - e.g. dropping into an elderly neighbour once a week to check if they need any shopping. Volunteering is something that you are free to decide to do or not.

Volunteering helps other people but it can also help you:

  • meet new people
  • develop new skills 
  • try out new activities
  • have a positive impact on your health and wellbeing 
  • boost your confidence. 

Volunteering can help you move towards employment as you gain experience that can be transferable to the workplace. It can also be an opportunity to try something different.

You can find information about the health benefits of volunteering on the NHS choices website, which includes research findings about the impact on depression and isolation.

How can I get started?  

Many different groups, charities and services benefit from the help of volunteers who come from all walks of life and have a huge range of skills and experience to offer. 

Volunteering Kingston can help you find a volunteering opportunity that will really make a difference to your community and will be something you love doing. 

You can register as a volunteer on the Volunteering Kingston website and search the diverse volunteering opportunities available in Kingston. Or visit one of their drop in sessions every first and third Friday at Hook and Chessington Library and every second and last Thursday at Kingston Library to speak to a member of the team about your volunteering journey.