Charity volunteer work
Volunteering has numerous benefits and is available for a range of people, in a variety of sectors. Charity volunteer work is the act of donating your spare time and energy to something that aims to benefit other people, or the environment, without receiving a financial reward.
For many people, a key reason behind volunteering is a genuine concern and care for the well-being of another. For others, contributing to society brings additional benefits, including career development and meeting new people. Volunteer work can add pleasure, diversity and a sense of satisfaction to everyday life. Volunteers can develop new skills, build relationships, face new challenges and even learn more about themselves.
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How can a life coach help?
Despite the benefits, some people lack the confidence or motivation to start something new, while others thrive in new environments and flourish at the new opportunity. If you are ready to push yourself, take on new chances and do something for the good of others, the first step of your journey may be to contact a life coach.
Contacting a professional may be the first step on the road to making the most of all the volunteer opportunities available. A life coach can offer support and guidance, helping you to take advantage of the opportunity and really enjoy life. They can offer advice and help you build the skills essential for personal development and progression. During a session, the life coach will ask you questions about your career, health, aspirations and work/life balance. Together you will discuss your strengths and weaknesses, any concerns you may have and the reasons why you want to volunteer. By considering your motives and looking at the obstacles that may appear, you will be able to decide whether charity work is the path for you.
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What are the benefits of volunteering?
There are many benefits of volunteering, such as life enrichment, career development, new friendships and an improvement in both physical and emotional well-being. Entering the world of charity volunteer work takes confidence and many people will feel nervous about starting a new role. A life coach can offer guidance into the type of volunteer work you apply for and help you understand the benefits. If you are worried, your coach can help you manage and overcome any anxieties you have about the role, as well as working to build your confidence levels.
Volunteering and your CV
Charity volunteer work may be unpaid, but having a volunteering placement on your CV can be a very impressive addition. According to a TimeBank survey of some of the UK’s leading businesses, 73% said they would employ someone who has volunteer work on their CV over someone who hasn’t.
Not only is it an impressive addition to your CV, volunteering is a great way to get a reference and fill any gaps in your work experience. If you have a time without work, volunteering can offer the chance to try different roles and decide whether you want a change of direction.
Finding the right work for you
It is important to find volunteer work that you enjoy, are passionate about and feel confident in doing. In order to narrow down your options and find the best one for you, a life coach may ask you a selection of questions. Together you will discuss your time commitments, your key skills and passions, as well as any other questions you may have. If you have a particular skill you wish to develop, or you need more experience in a certain job sector, your life coach can help you decide which form of charity work will be most beneficial.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions before choosing a position, both to your life coach and the company running the programme. Asking questions shows interest, but also ensures you are getting the most out of the experience.
Developing existing skills and gaining new ones
As well as looking good on your CV, charity volunteer work is a great way to develop existing and new life skills. Volunteering can help you develop communication skills, especially if you find meeting new people difficult. The social element to volunteering means you will be meeting and interacting with a diverse range of people. It can be easy for us to get caught up in our close relationships with friends, colleagues and family members, but volunteering gives you the opportunity to make new friends and broaden your communication skills.
If you find it difficult meeting new people, perhaps through nerves or lack of confidence, a life coach can work with you to build self-belief. They will teach you how to see it as an exciting opportunity, rather than something to be feared.
Volunteer work may also require you to work with a group of people. Working in a team requires empathy, patience, good communication and understanding. People skills are vital in ensuring every member of the team feels valued and comfortable. While you will build upon these skills during the work, it can be useful to go in knowing what is expected from you. Your life coach will be able to prepare you for your placement, explaining the skills required and how you can work on them before starting. It is important to be a good listener and approachable, but also to be bold. If you have ideas, share them! You never know, your idea may improve the volunteer programme and open even more opportunities.
By doing something good for others in the community, pushing yourself to meet new people and taking on new challenges, charity volunteer work can be very effective in boosting your confidence levels. The natural sense of accomplishment gained from volunteer work can lead to a greater sense of pride and identity. The better you feel about yourself, the more likely you are to accept new experiences.
However, you don’t need to be super confident to take part in a volunteer programme. Simply taking the plunge and saying ‘yes’ can be a step in the right direction. Your life coach is equipped with tools and techniques to help build your self-belief, so if you are lacking confidence, tell them. They will ask you questions to learn your beliefs and what you think about yourself. They will help you challenge these beliefs, boosting your self-esteem and self-image, so that you can start the job with your head held high.
Charity volunteer work is a great way to make connections, both personal and professional. With technology and social media improving, it is very easy to talk to new people. Yet, being behind a screen can result in us lacking the confidence and knowledge when it comes to making connections in real life. Networking is a vital part of working life and if done correctly, it can help you progress in your career. Volunteering offers the opportunity to meet like-minded people in a less formal situation. It is a great way to show off your skills, your personality and make connections with people that may help you achieve your goals.
Improving health and well-being
As well as proving effective for boosting emotional well-being, developing key skills and improving employability, studies have found volunteering to be good for physical health. Charity volunteer work can offer people a social life and an opportunity to get outside. It is thought to be particularly beneficial for older people, as it gives them back a routine and sense of purpose, following the end of employment.
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