The world of volunteering has undergone a huge transformation over the past 50 years. With over 170,000 general charities currently registered in the UK, there are more opportunities than ever before to get involved.
The combined impact of global economic uncertainty and an ageing population here in the UK mean that volunteering is likely to be considered by many who would previously never have contemplated it. But where do you start?
Whether you are still in education, retired, out of work, living with a disability or long term condition, or simply wish to put something back into society and aren’t sure where to begin - this essential guide can help you find an opportunity to fit in with your life.
Volunteering might just turn out to be the best thing you’ve ever done!
Author: Leonie Martin
What is Volunteering?
Where do I Start?
Types of Voluntary Role
Seraching for a Voluntary Role
Making Your Application
What Else do I Need to Know
Health and Social Care – Volunteer Experiences
Other Volunteer Experiences
Leonie Martin has volunteered for several organisations over the past twenty years including Victim Support, the Youth Offending Service, the NHS and the Multiple Sclerosis Society and each of her voluntary roles have been linked in some way to experiences in her own life. She hopes this book will encourage many others to explore the benefits of volunteering.
Leonie is a published author and speaker. Her first book, Multiple Sclerosis – The Essential Guide (Need2Know, 2010) continues to receive positive critique. She has also had articles, short stories and poetry published in local and national media. She lives in Derbyshire with her husband and their two teenagers and combines her love of writing with the daily challenges of her own MS symptoms. She can be contacted through her website www.leoniemartin.co.uk