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To learn and develop new skills
Volunteering can help you gain a whole range of life skills. The skills you learn and develop while volunteering may help with your future job prospects, as you can apply your volunteering experience to different job roles.
To meet new people
Socialising is a huge part of life, and you can meet a whole range of people through volunteering. Volunteering gives you the opportunity to interact with people in a professional manner, as well as in a social manner.
To feel good!
You can get a lot of self satisfaction from volunteering. When you are giving up some of your free time to help others and you're making a difference, you should feel great about yourself!
To help your community
Some communities rely on volunteers to help run certain activities and services, so local services and residents will really value your voluntary input in helping the community.
To gain experience
You may need to have certain experience when applying for a job, and volunteering is a great way to get that experience. It shows an employer you've taken the initiative.
What to think about?
If you decide to volunteer, you should do something you will enjoy and something which makes you happy. If you're volunteering to gain specific experience, you should do your research on the volunteering opportunities available so that you choose the right volunteering for you.