Volunteers Week 2023
Volunteers Week is an annual celebration dedicated to the contribution millions of people make across the UK through volunteering.
It’s a chance for us all to recognise the fantastic contribution volunteers make to our communities and to say, thank you!
We’re incredibly blessed at Barnsley Carers Service to have an amazing dedicated team of volunteers that help us to deliver peer support groups and sessions for carers in Barnsley.
As we look to expand our support out in the community, we are opening up lots more opportunities to welcome new volunteers to join us. From helping with event planning, fundraising, awareness raising and group support, we feel sure we can find a role that suits everyone.
As part of this, we are hosting a volunteer open day at our Priory Campus office on Wednesday 7th June – from 9 am – 1 pm. If you’re considering volunteering or would like to find out more about what’s involved and how it works please do call in for an informal chat. There’s no obligation at all. Our volunteer co-ordinator, Adele, will be there along with some of our past and present volunteers to offer advice and answer any queries you may have.
There are so many benefits to volunteering. Not just for the causes and projects where you give your time but in terms of the new connections, skills, confidence and job prospects that volunteering opens up.
Here are our top five benefits of volunteering
1. connects you to your community
Volunteering can help you to feel more connected to the community you live in. Meeting people you would not usually come across in your day-to-day life helps build connections with others and supports a more empathic society.
2. helps you make new friends
Volunteering is a great way to meet new friends. It also helps to build on existing connections with family or coworkers. You’ll have the opportunity to interact with people from diverse backgrounds and cultures and with different lived experiences to you.
3. builds your self-esteem
Many volunteers report that their self-esteem and confidence improve. When you feel that you are doing something worthwhile and valuable, it gives you a sense of fulfilment and purpose. Interacting with people outside your usual circle is great for your personal growth.
4. opens up new job prospects
Along with picking up valuable new skills and experience, many volunteers make new connections that can lead to job opportunities. Whether you are looking to work in the area you volunteer in or another sector, the skills you learn all add real value to your prospects.
5. learn valuable skills
Training and hands-on experience gained while you volunteer can bring huge benefits. Learning about fundraising, event planning, and group facilitating all teach valuable communication, public speaking and marketing skills that you can carry forward in your personal or professional life.