Volunteering is a great way to get involved within your local community, meet new people, learn new skills and help make a difference. You can offer as much or as little of your time as you like and there's something for everyone, regardless of skills and abilities, and for some people, it can even lead to paid employment.
You can volunteer in lots of different ways, such as helping the homeless, spending time with someone who's lonely or helping a charity with its IT or social media. Whatever you choose to do, you'll be making a difference to other people's lives, whilst developing new skills and gaining valuable experience. Not only that, volunteering is hugely satisfying and rewarding and is a great way to build self-confidence.
There's plenty of local and national volunteering information and opportunities available...
Local information and opportunities
HVOSS (Herefordshire Voluntary Organisations Support Service) has the largest database of available volunteering opportunities in the county, ranging from community drivers and charity trustees to café assistants and exercise co-ordinators. They can help volunteers and organisations to find one another, by matching interests to appropriate opportunities. If you’re a local charity or organisation, looking to fill your volunteering vacancies, you can also advertise your positions via the HVOSS website.
To find out more, call 01432 343932, e-mail email@example.com or visit www.hvoss.org.uk.
There may also be local volunteering opportunities available with Community Action Ledbury.
National information and opportunities
Do-it: The UK's digital volunteering service
Government: Information on volunteer placements, rights and expenses
GVI: Overseas volunteering and intern opportunities
Vinspired: The UK's leading volunteering charity for 14 to 25 year olds