Now the children are back at school parents may have time on their hands.
If your children have gone back to school, or have started school for the first time and you have a little free time, volunteering is a great way to try something new.
It looks good on CVs, lets you meet new people, learn new skills and it can be fun.
Perhaps you already have a hidden talent or skills you haven’t used for a while or maybe you would like to help your local community?
Volunteering can be flexible
One common misconception some people have is that volunteering will take over their lives.
Volunteering is very flexible and there are many different roles to suit you, your lifestyle and your commitments. Volunteering should be fun, satisfying and fit in with you.
You can decide to volunteer once, at a one-off event – for instance, a national cancer charity is looking for volunteers to help ‘on the day’ at fundraising events, to make sure that their participants are safe and having a fantastic time.
From putting up balloons to acting as marshal, and from registering participants to handing out goodie bags, you’re bound to find a role that’s ideal for you.
Maybe you have a couple of hours a week – many local charity shops would really appreciate even a small amount of time and some even offer the opportunity to complete a recognised retail qualification.
Or perhaps befriending someone and spending a couple of hours a week chatting over a cup of tea might be more interesting to you?
Opportunities for those with more time to spare
If you have more time available and are looking for roles with training, Citizens Advice has different roles available, with different levels of commitment.
If you have six hours a week you could train to become a ‘Gateway Assessor’.
If you have 12 hours a week free, you could train to become an ‘Adviser’ and the training you receive could lead you to a new career.
Citizens Advice website says: “Nearly one third of volunteers who leave us go on to paid employment.
“Local Citizens Advice volunteering provides skills and experience that is valued by many employers.
“A lot of paid local Citizens Advice staff, for example managers, case workers and administrators, started out as volunteers.”
To find out more about any of the roles above or the many other volunteering opportunities available in South Holland, please contact Lincolnshire Community and Voluntary Service on 01205 510888 (option 3 for Spalding office) or email firstname.lastname@example.org