Why Be a Volunteer?
Have you ever volunteered?
Did you do it to help others, feel good, or a bit of both?
After a year of struggle and disconnection, we all want to feel connected again and volunteering is an important way we can do this, and do some good as well. There are so many more reasons to volunteer, here are just some of them.
Why be a volunteer?
It creates a sense of community
When you volunteer in your local area with like-minded people, it helps you connect with others and creates a sense of pride in where you live.
You’ll feel less isolated
According to the Campaign to End Loneliness, there are 9 million lonely people in the UK. Volunteering can help you make friends and build some social networks if you are feeling lonely and isolated.
It can be a great way to make friends
We are less connected as a society in general. Gone are the days when many people knew their neighbours. Volunteering can help you meet people in your local area who you might not have met otherwise. You might even make some life-long friends!
Volunteering can improve your wellbeing
Volunteering helps you connect with others and increases your confidence and self-esteem, and it’s also good for your physical health. For example, if you are volunteering at an allotment, litter picking or helping out at our Rest Garden you’ll get fresh air and exercise too.
It can improve your job prospects
If you’re job-hunting, volunteering can look great on your CV. It allows you to learn and showcase new skills and it shows that you’re willing to be part of a team and do your bit.
Volunteering with Big Local
There are lots of opportunities to volunteer with us. Could you be a:
Partnership Member?- attending a monthly evening meeting to help develop the project and make decisions.
Big Local Community Ambassador? - attending BIG social events, feeding into conversations about what’s important in your community, and promoting volunteering with Big Local to your family and friends.
Newsletter Canvasser? – being part of a team of residents delivering the quarterly SPTM Community Chat newsletter around the local area.
Event Volunteer?- being part of the team delivering projects and activities for the community.
Green Space Volunteer?- joining the Elmfield Action Group who are working hard to improve our local parks and green spaces for everyone.
Working Group Member? - getting involved in one of our ongoing projects and influencing how it develops.
Social Media Ambassador?- helping us share the project and growing our community on our Facebook and Twitter pages.
Master Baker?- volunteering to bake cakes for our coffee mornings at the Big Local Stadium, like these ones, made by the lovely Trinny.
Want to volunteer with us?
If you’re interested in any of the opportunities to get involved and you’re 16 or over (or supported by a responsible adult if you’re under 16), get in touch! Contact Kelly on 07879113748 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Ali on 07864721616 or at email@example.com.