With International Volunteer Day coming up on the 5th of December there is no better time to become a volunteer! Here at No Limits we have 165 volunteers who offer their time to help the children and young people to help themselves. The 15,678 hours of work that volunteers contributed last year equated to £123,072 which, for a charity, is invaluable in helping us to support vulnerable children and young people. We warmly welcome any individual who would like to offer their time to support No Limits. This could range from becoming a drop-in worker supporting young people, helping with administration, to helping to bake cakes for fundraising events. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at No Limits, please do come along to our volunteering information evening on Monday 1st December 5:30-7pm at the No Limits City Drop-in Centre. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org. With the festive season being a time of giving, we would love for you to give your time to those children and young people who are in need this Christmas. We think the sign of a civilized society is where people are willing to do something positive for others for nothing. Would you agree?
Volunteering is the ultimate exercise in democracy. You vote in elections once a year, but when you volunteer, you vote every day about the kind of community you want to live in.” Marjorie Moore
It is my perception that volunteering seems to have become more acceptable and ‘OK’. This was borne out by some research that showed that the United Kingdom is now the 8th most charitable country in the world, according to new figures from the Charities Aid Foundation. We all know that a charity cannot succeed without a strong core of volunteers. I work as a Fundraiser for No Limits (and Promotion, Communications). The range of tasks undertaken by the volunteers (currently around 150) is huge as well as the skills that they have to offer. From receptionist to drop in from mentor to intern, from trustee to befriender. Even more pertinent is the actual financial benefit to our charity. In 2011/2012 we estimate that our then 114 volunteers contributed around 11,967 hours of time worth about £140,000. I was further reminded of our need to value our volunteers by an article written by Lissa Cook Community Sports Trust @Village_Games ‘Managing volunteers: The motivations and the pitfalls’. Lissa identified ten areas that charities need to think about if they want to recruit, keep and motivate their volunteers.
Take advantage of selfish motivations
Don’t wait for people to volunteer
Give everyone specific tasks
Cut out the unnecessary red tape
Recognise when people want to take on more responsibilities
Volunteers are an integral and highly valued part of No Limits. Last year we estimate that 115 volunteers contributed around 12,000 hours of their time, worth about £140,000 to No Limits. Without volunteers many of our projects and services would not exist. The number of volunteers needed by No Limits continues to rise. Currently we have aroundf 150 volunteetrs who help in a variety of ways. Would you like to be one of them? For more about volunteering with No Limits go to http://www.nolimitshelp.org.uk/page/volunteering
No Limits. Helping young people help themselves.
If you are out of work, looking for experience or hoping to give back, volunteering your time is fast becoming recognised as a great way to improve not only someone else’s life, but your own. This mutual relationship between charity and volunteer has numerous benefits for both, enriching understanding of aspects of life which may be unfamiliar and alien.
“Long term volunteering is a form of pro-social behaviour that involves commitment given over an extended period of time”. (Chartered psychologist Ruth Lowry)
Not only are your job prospects advanced by additional much-needed experience, but your social-conscience and awareness of concerns affecting the local or extended community are increased by working for a charity or organisation that really help people improve their lives.
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