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.
Isle of Wight Volunteer Centre
If you answer yes to any of the above why not find out more from the Volunteer Centre.
They can point you in the direction of many IW organisations who will be able to tell you all about the benefits and range of roles they can offer.
Wide variety of opportunities
There are a diverse range of organisations that can offer volunteering experience, including:
Age Friendly Island; Isle of Wight Bus and Coach Museum; Cowes Sailability; Guide Dogs; Independent Arts; Steam Railway; Isle of Wight Dance, Drama and Music Festival; Island 2000 Trust; Naturezones; Rainbow Trust; Storeroom 2010; The Phoenix Project; Archaeology Discovery Centre; Ventnor Heritage Centre; Wessex Cancer Trust; Leonard Cheshire Society; National Trust; Quay Arts; Friends of St Mary’s; IW Ramblers; IW Society for the Blind; Citizen’s Advice Bureau; Samaritan’s; Layla’s Trust; Friends of Shanklin Theatre; Breakout Youth; Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust; Isle Access; Friends of Ventnor Botanic Garden; Isle of Wight Volunteer Centre; Optio Voluntary Car Service; Learning Links; Island Neurological Network; Healthwatch; Maritime Volunteer Service; IW Pride; Abbeyfield Shanklin.
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.
Find out more
No matter what your age, ability, experience or background, you are sure to find something to interest or inspire you via the Volunteer Centre.
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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