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How to choose the right volunteering opportunity for me

As well as our top 5 tips, there are other factors that will help you narrow down your selection when choosing a volunteering opportunity:

 

Pick a cause you are passionate about. Make sure the opportunity you pick is with a charity that specialises in an issue, or ‘cause’, that your feel passionate about. This will help motivate you and keep you interested in your volunteering.

 

Pick something you’re good at. Most people will choose an opportunity where they can use their skills in a way that is beneficial to the charity. Volunteering can also help you hone new skills, so have a think about any skills you would like to develop too.

 

Choose something that fits your schedule. It’s important you can volunteer on the days(s) and at the time(s) the role is available. However, it is possible that the charity may be flexible about this, so don’t be afraid to ask if the time doesn’t quite work.

 

Make sure you can commit. Volunteering often requires a commitment, whether it is for a certain amount of hours, days, weeks, months or even years. Pick something that is right for you and don’t bite off more than you can chew. In terms of commitment, there are four main types of roles you could choose from – click on them to find out more.

    1. Microvolunteering is very small acts of volunteering that can be completed in a matter of minutes, often from home and online-based. If you’re interesting in small, low-commitment options, check out this website for thousands of microvolunteering opportunities.
    2. One-off or ad hoc volunteering is useful for those who still want to make a difference but don’t want to have to commit to a timeslot on a regular basis. Charity events often provide the best opportunity for one-off volunteering. If you would like to engage in these types of opportunities, JVN’s Ad Hoc Volunteering Squad can offer you this chance. Click here to find out more.
    3. Project-based volunteering will require a commitment to a volunteering role for a fixed period of time, e.g. a few months. The role will last until the completion of the task or project to which it is relevant. Although the project will end, the charity may be able to offer you another role at that time.
    4. Regular volunteering is the category that most of our opportunities fall in to. They will normally ask for a regular commitment in a fixed slot on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis for a minimum amount of time. The role may well not have a fixed end point, so you could continue to volunteer for as long as it suits you after this minimum time period is up.

 

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