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Why Volunteer?

People volunteer for a wide variety of reasons, especially wanting to help others. But it’s also fine to want some benefits for yourself.

You could be looking to make new friends, give something back, you have some spare time, you are looking for a new challenge or you might be looking for new skills as you change focus in your jobs.

All of these are great reasons to volunteer, and groups and charities will be keen to meet you and see how you might be able to help them achieve their goals with your time, skill and enthusiam,

As you begin to look at the options open to you, often lots of questions will spring into your mind, especially if you have not tried volunteering before. Check out  out 'Top Tips' which will anser some questions you are sure to have.

But if you’re still wondering about anything, just get in touch, we’ll be happy to help!


Take on a challenge

Getting involved in something new can be a real challenge. Volunteering can help you achieve personal goals, develop new skills and practice your talents. Sometimes a volunteer experience can lead you to something you never even thought about or help you to discover a hobby or interest you were unaware of.

Be part of your community

Volunteering can help build a stronger society so you can get involved in your community and feel part of something.

Sense of wellbeing

Research demonstrates that volunteering can lead to better health. It can even help with weight loss & better relationships

Meet new people

Getting involved as a volunteer will allow you to meet lots of different kinds of people and make new friends.

Personal development

If you are thinking about career growth, seeking employment or returning to work, the experience you gain as a volunteer can be really beneficial to you.

Pure enjoyment

Volunteering is an excellent time-out activity. Most volunteers get great pleasure from what they do, that’s why they keep on doing it. Finding new interests and diversions can be fun, relaxing and stimulating.

If you have any questions, or would like to know more, contact the CAS Volunteering Team at volunteering@communityactionsuffolk.org.uk or 01473 345400.