You don’t have enough time
Just a few hours a month is enough to make a genuine difference to a charity. It could be as simple as distributing leaflets in your community, serving at a soup kitchen, or designing a flyer in your spare time.
You don’t even have to travel to volunteer. So if there’s a cause you’re particularly passionate about you could offer your services and fit in some time at the office or on your commute. Whatever your skills or commitments, there’s always a way to help.
Volunteering won’t help pay the bills
There’s no shame in having selfish goals when you volunteer. Some people feel resentful that they’re giving their time without receiving any money in return. But when you give your time what serves others also helps you.
Just by connecting with a community of like minded people you expand your networks and learn about opportunities you never would have heard of. It’s not uncommon that volunteers are offered jobs after their volunteering placement. As if with anything in life, when you put in, you often get something back.
You don’t have the skills
Whatever your skill or ability, an extra mind or pair of hands is always useful. Even the simplest tasks such as washing up could be an essential part of helping an organisation flourish. Whatever you do you’ll be a valued member of a team.
Volunteering is boring
There’s no better way to bond with other people than to share in the joy of serving others. Mother Teresa once said ‘I served and I saw that service is joy’. You don’t have to be Mother Teresa to see that lending a hand at a community event can be fun.
Humans are inherently social creatures. So when we connect with others it helps give us a sense of identity, which defines our place in the world and is proven to improve our health and well-being. Young volunteers have more fun. Check out our Inspired Card for free discounts and opportunities.
It’s something you do when you’ve retired
Research shows that up to 74% of young people say they are ready to volunteer. Through vInspired over a million 14-30 year olds have signed up for opportunities in their local community on vinspired.com. Last year alone we helped 31,439 young people do 460,611 hours of voluntary work. Not only did it help those young people develop vital skills like teamwork and problem solving, it also improved their confidence and mental health.
It’s just about working in a charity shop
There are so many more ways to volunteer than in retail. People volunteer for marketing, fundraising, administration, visitor services and even finance roles all the time. Whatever your working background there’s a way to apply it.
It’s not as useful as work experience
Volunteering can expose you to knowledge and skills that you don’t have access to when doing work experience. People may trust you to take on more responsibility or even manage a team of other volunteers. The psychological difference between volunteering and work experience can be an unfortunate but ever present reality in the workplace. As work experience is generally seen as an entry level role, whilst volunteers can come from any walk of life.