The New Year is a great time for reflection and the perfect opportunity to make plans for the future.
Have you recently discovered that you have some spare time on your hands and would like to use it for a worthwhile cause?
Or perhaps you’re new to the Isle of Wight and looking to make friends or dip your toes into a community project.
Maybe you know someone who is searching out that perfect volunteering project for their Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Or you could be seeking out just the right stepping stone to get you back into work.
Fifth Isle of Wight Volunteer Fair
If you answer yes to any of the above why not find out more from The Volunteer Centre about the benefits and range of roles that over 30 IW organisations can offer.
Wide variety of opportunities
There are a diverse range of organisations that can offer volunteering experience, including:
Ability Dogs 4 Young People; Action on Hearing Loss; Age Concern; Age UK IW; British Heart Foundation; Carisbrooke Castle Museum; Circles South East; Citizens Advice; Cowes Sailability; Dinosaur Expedition; Friends of Shanklin Theatre; Friends of St Marys; Friends of VBG; Guide Dogs; Healthwatch Isle of Wight; Independent Arts; IOW NHS TRUST; IOW Scouts; Isle of Wight Ramblers; IW Bus and Coach Museum; IW Society for the Blind; IW Steam Railway; Maritime Volunteer Service; National Trust; Naturezones; NYAS; Optio; Rainbow Trust; The Abbeyfield Shanklin; The Phoenix Project (IOW); Victim Support;
Wessex Cancer Trust
You gain by giving
Volunteering is certainly not a one-way process. Whilst you’re giving, you’ll be enhancing your own skills and making new ones. You’ll meet new people and possibly make life-long friends.
There’s a lot of flexibility in how often you can give your time, from a one off, to a weekly commitment, so you can fit it in around other things you need to get done.
There are a huge range of skills that you can contribute, for example:
Driving your own car to transport people; befriending; administration; puppy parenting; fundraising; event management; supporting young people; supporting people with disabilities; supporting older people; supporting ex-offenders; supporting environmental organisations; retail; customer service; driving minibuses to transport people – the list is as varied as the skill you can bring.
It’s proven that volunteering is good for your mental health, and at this time of year that’s something we could all benefit from.
For more information, have a look at the Isle Volunteer Website, contact the Volunteer Centre on 01983 539377, email them on
Volunteer@actioniw.org.uk or drop in to see them at The Riverside Centre, The Quay, Newport.
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