Chance for South Holland people to improve employment prospects

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VOLUNTEERING: Boost your work profile and add to your skills set.

Volunteering can boost your employability and give you an edge when you are searching for a job.

Almost 75 per cent of employers would employ a candidate with volunteering experience over one without and over 90 per cent of employers believe that volunteering can add to skills, according to research commissioned by national volunteering charity TimeBank.

If you are looking for work, every Wednesday morning from 10am to noon we have a member of staff from Spalding Volunteer Centre working from Spalding Job Centre who would be delighted to help you look for a suitable volunteering opportunity.

Volunteering is an excellent way to attain work experience as it can translate into similar job roles. A volunteering role can restore your routine, widen your social circle and upgrade your training and skills which may help with your job search as it can be added to your CV – a current CV is much more attractive and volunteering can fill a gap.

If you would like to speak to the Volunteer Centre at Spalding Job Centre either tell to your advisor who can make an appointment or please call 01775 718008 and we can arrange the meeting for you.

Volunteering opportunities

This month we are looking for volunteers for a national charity for elderly and terminally ill people and their pets. The charity is looking for people who can walk dogs and help in lots of different ways. You will need a telephone, preferably transport of your own and of course an interest in the welfare of others and a love of animals.

Working with a leading dementia charity, Side by Side, volunteers enable a person with dementia to remain involved in activities they enjoy or try new activities such as going to the cinema, local club, pub, museum, historical sites or just staying in their own home talking. You will need good verbal communication and listening skills. Training will be provided. DBS and reference checks required.

Become a ‘My Guide’ by helping to support the 180,000 blind and partially sighted people who never leave home alone. Go along and be trained (for FREE) to guide a blind or visually impaired person, enabling them to gain confidence and access the local community. After training, the volunteer provides support to someone needing help. This is not a full time long term commitment and the skills gained can easily be transferred and are fully endorsed and accredited.

To find out more about any of the roles above or any of over 200 plus opportunities available from the South Holland Volunteer Centre, please contact us on 01775 718008 or e-mail us at spalding.v@lincolnshirecvs.org.uk