Why Would Anyone Want to be a Volunteer?
If you have not yet volunteered for a good cause, you may question why people would give up their free time for no financial reward. If you were to ask volunteers why they do what they do, their answers would be as diverse as the sectors in which they freely give their time: a tie to the cause through personal or family experience, developing skills for a potential future career, exploring other cultures, improving social skills, connecting with others over a shared passion, doing good for the environment, paying back to a cause which previously helped them or someone close to them, seeking company from like-minded people to overcome loneliness, developing a sense of self-worth, a desire to stay mentally and physically active (perhaps through sponsored walks) to improve their own health. The benefits of volunteering are many fold.
How Can I Become a Volunteer?
If you are new to volunteering, speak to your immediate and wider family and trusted friendship groups to let them know that you would like to help, as they may already know of a good cause that would suit you and your interests. You may also like to speak to staff at school, many of whom regularly undertake voluntary work. We can also put students in touch with other students who are already involved in a variety of good causes; in particular, our Head Boy, Kye 12A, has been very active with the Breck Foundation for several years.
There are several websites which detail volunteering opportunities in your local area and a good place to start could be the Surrey County Council website which has a section devoted to volunteering. You can access those pages via this link: Surrey County Council Voluntary, Community and Faith Sector
With the summer holidays fast approaching, perhaps now is the time to give volunteering a go?