Volunteering in your Community
Volunteering in your community in its essence is a choice made freely to help others. Volunteering is any activity that involves spending unpaid time doing something to benefit someone, be that an individual or a group, or the environment. This can include formal activity undertaken through public, private and voluntary organisations as well as informal community participation.
There are many reasons that inspire people to volunteer. For some it can be a route to employment, or a chance to try something new which made lead to a career change. For others, volunteering appeals because of its social benefits like making new friends and getting to know the local community.
Across the UK, retired volunteers drive patients to hospital appointments, read and share skills with school children, knit teddies and blankets for children who've suffered trauma, research and record local history, befriend isolated people and much, much more besides.
With the wide variety of volunteering opportunities that are available, there is bound to be something for everyone. Community Service Volunteering has a Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme (RSVP). There is no upper age limit and no-one is rejected. Disability is not a barrier.
If you have the passion, energy and enthusiasm, you can make things happen in your community. The only limit is your imagination! Take a look at the RSVP website for more details about their projects. We also have some great volunteering testimonials to help inspire you to getting into volunteering.