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Volunteering and personal development

Whatever you're in to, there's a fun and interesting volunteering opportunity for you.

Volunteering is so much more than doing something in your spare time for free. You will:

  • Meet new people
  • Gain work experience
  • Build on your strengths and develop new skills
  • Become more confident!

The National Trust has many opportunities for volunteering. Search their database for local volunteering opportunities including Young Heritage Leaders (YHL) - a leadership training programme run by the National Trust in partnership with the Careers Research and Advisory Centre (CRAC). Through planning, managing and leading outdoor conservation projects it offers participants the opportunity to develop team leadership skills.

The Jubilee Sailing Trust is offering the opportunity for 16-25 year olds under the Leadership @ Sea initiative to develop leadership and integration skills.

Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO) is a leading International Development Charity that works through volunteers to tackle poverty. They have exciting youth programmes for young people aged 18-25.

Fancy volunteering abroad? There are so many exciting opportunities – check out Step Together Volunteering for your options.

Southampton Voluntary Services

The Voluntary Action Centre
Kingsland Square
St Mary Street
Southampton
Hampshire
SO14 1NW
Telephone: 023 8022 8291
Website: www.southamptonvs.org.uk
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Other sources of information are volunteer centres. These are volunteer 'job shops'. Use the National Council for Volunteering Organisation's's Volunteer Centre Finder to find details of your local centre.

Councils for Voluntary Service can offer help and advice on finding volunteering opportunities. Visit the National Association for Voluntary and Community Action for details of your nearest centre.

How much time do I have to give?

It's up to you. You could help at a one-off event, or for a few hours a week, month or for a longer project. It's your choice!

Do I have the skills needed?

The skills you will need will depend on the volunteering opportunity.

What can I expect as a volunteer?

Your time and commitment for the cause will be greatly appreciated. You may receive payment for your expenses and you may also be offered training.

Is it possible to do voluntary work overseas?

Yes, there are a variety of organisations which have placements abroad. Careful planning is needed as it can take a few months to arrange a placement abroad and you may have to raise the money to go.

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