Why work for a voluntary organisation?

Voluntary organisations have a clear sense of purpose and people often choose to work for them because they want to make a difference. According to the NCVO, there are over 160,000 charities in the UK, around 96% of which are small (with an annual income of less than £1 million). They often provide vital services and support in their communities – raising awareness and campaigning on a wide range of issues. So there’s likely to be one in your area that reflects your interests and values.

Volunteer to build useful skills and work experience

Charities offer a wide variety of paid roles, but all charities rely on volunteers to help them provide their services. Even national charities often have significantly more volunteers than paid staff and small charities will tend to have at least four times the number of volunteers to staff and often many more than that.

This means charities can offer rewarding and flexible opportunities to gain work experience, build new skills and confidence – helping you develop your CV, while you are helping them support a great cause! Find out what vacancies or volunteering opportunities are available from charities in your area, below (photo courtesy of Bromley Well):