Salford City Partnership


Volunteering in Salford

Why volunteer? Give a Little, Gain a Lot...

People choose to volunteer for a variety of reasons. For some it offers the chance to give something back to the community or make a difference to the people around them. For others it provides an opportunity to develop new skills or build on existing experience and knowledge. Regardless of the motivation, what unites them all is that they find it both challenging and rewarding.

Below are some of the reasons people choose to volunteer. For some it provides an opportunity to:
• Give something back to an organisation that has impacted on a person's life, either directly or indirectly
• Make a difference to the lives of others
• Help the environment
• Help others less fortunate or without a voice
• Feel valued and part of a team
• Gain confidence and self-esteem

For some, volunteering can be a route to employment, or a chance to try something new which may lead to a career change. From this perspective, volunteering can be a way of:
• Gaining new skills, knowledge and experience
• Developing existing skills and knowledge
• Enhancing a CV
• Improving employment prospects
• Gaining a qualification

For others, volunteering appeals because of its social benefits. These include:
• Meeting new people and making new friends
• A chance to socialise
• Getting to know the local community

Volunteering is a rewarding way to spend your time and makes a genuine difference to both local communities and people's lives. It also enables you to gain new skills and experiences.

Salford has a huge range of volunteering opportunities available, whether you would like to help plant a community garden, work in a charity shop, fundraise for community groups or work with young people, there is a volunteering opportunity for you.

Top Tips:
• Think about what you want from volunteering - new skills, fun, a chance to contribute to a cause

• Think about what you have to offer - enthusiasm, work skills, life skills

• Work out roughly how much time you have to give, and how many times a week or month

• Explore local opportunities - contact Volunteer Centre Salford and we can help you explore your options. There are hundreds of volunteering opportunities in Salford

• Remember: everyone can volunteer - whatever your skills, experience or background you should be able to find an opportunity

• Ask questions - don't be shy about asking questions as you go through the process of applying for an opportunity

• Get involved: often the most difficult part of volunteering is making the first move, so take the plunge. We will help you find the right opportunity

• Make a difference: volunteering is addictive

Volunteer Centre Salford can advise you over the phone or by email about your volunteering options.

We also offer one to one appointments in a confidential meeting room (call 0161 787 7795 to book in) or you can just Drop In to our office for an informal chat on Tuesdays 10am - 3pm or Thursdays 10am - 7pm.

Volunteer Centre Salford
Salford CVS
The Old Town Hall
5 Irwell Place

This page was last updated on 4 February 2014

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