Not everyone has a huge amount of disposable income so giving your time can be a wonderful alternative! You may already know; we are absolute advocates for volunteering. There are so many different ways in which you can help others but where to start? And when to say no? Here are some tips for getting in to volunteering in your local community.
START OFF EASY
While you may have good intentions, don’t bite off more than you can chew! Start off small and check that it works for you too. You can always increase your time or adjust as suits you.
WHAT SUITS YOU
Volunteering should suit you. And likewise, volunteering at a charity you resonate with is perfect. You may be interested in animals, helping children, you may have a particular skill like knitting that may help. It is a give and take, you should be happy too!
WHAT DO YOU WANT?
What do you want to get out of volunteering? It could be meeting people, giving back, utilizing a skill or even just getting out of the house. This needs to work for you so think about what you want to get out of it in the first instance.
It’s always nerve-wracking meeting new people and trying something new. But one step forward – it could just be making the call. Charities always LOVE and need help, your call will be much appreciated and chances are you will be welcomed in to the fold quickly!
If you can’t or don’t want to over commit, how about street collecting? There are many charities who have their annual street appeals. These often have 2 people so you can bring a friend or get matched up with someone. Lots of people are happy to donate a bit of cash.
PUT YOU FIRST
Remember you should always get something out of volunteering. If you feel like it’s not for you, it is fine to walk away. There are also so many charities that it can be hard to give to everyone. So, pick one (or possibly 2) charities that will suit you and go from there.
You should never feel pressured to give any money to a charity, if your time is not what they are after then they are not the charity for you. Move on and don’t feel bad about this, it is up to you with what you do with your time and money.
The little ones look up to the older ones. Your grandchildren will learn from you giving your time, they may even be able to help you with your charity work. In an increasingly busy world it is lovely to demonstrate helping to the littlies.
Do you already volunteer? What do you do? We’d love to hear what you get up to. Giving your precious time is wonderful and generous and should be appreciated by all charities.