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Volunteering is simple. It’s about giving your time to do something useful, without getting paid (apart from expenses).

In return you get the satisfaction of time and effort well spent. In addition, volunteering can be a great way to: meet new people learn new skills gain useful experience. It should also be fun!

The range of opportunities is huge. Whatever skills and experience you have, there is something that you can do. The best way to see what is available is to contact MDVS by email or phone. http://mdvs.co.uk/useful-links/

The biggest problem for many people is finding the time to volunteer. It can reduce your choices if you don’t have much time to spare, but many busy people do find suitable opportunities.

Once you start volunteering at MDVS you should receive:
payment of out-of pocket expenses (eg travel)
a clear idea of what your role will be
appropriate training and support.

If you aren’t clear about anything, don’t be afraid to ask

Top Tips

Hints to help you start volunteering.

1. Think about what you want from volunteering – new skills, fun, a chance to contribute to a cause?
2. Think about what you have to offer – enthusiasm, work skills, life skills?
3. Work out roughly how much time you have to give, and how many times a week or month.
4.  Remember that everyone can volunteer – whatever your skills, experience or background you should be able to find an opportunity.
5.  Ask questions – don’t be shy about asking questions as you go through the process of applying for an opportunity.
6. Be Yourself. 
Bring your heart, your sense of humour, and your enthusiastic spirit to your volunteer service. Never be afraid to ask about things you don’t know or understand yet.
7. Just try it – often the most difficult part of volunteering is making the first move, so be brave and contact MDVS

Volunteering. What’s in it for you?

Volunteering can present you with new challenges that will help you improve your employability.

You could be organising a fundraising initiative, mentoring young people, all of these will encourage you to build on existing skills, including teamwork, communication and organisation.

You may be faced with gaining new skills, such as leadership and negotiation. It can be challenging and exciting as you develop your skills and your confidence grows you will see what you are capable of and what you can achieve.

Stand out from the crowd in the job market

Volunteering provides you with real-life examples to demonstrate your experience and skills to use on applications and in interviews. It can enable you to get experience and skills that would be difficult to find in paid employment, for some careers voluntary experience is vital.

You can also have lots of fun and make new friends as you work together for a cause. It’s a great way for you to open your mind to new ideas and perspectives, in addition to gaining a great sense of achievement.

Want to get started?
be brave and contact MDVS
Volunteer Work for MDVS
Details of current volunteer posts and what they involve