Volunteering gives your son or daughter the opportunity to make a difference to the lives of people in their community and gain valuable skills and experience at the same time.
Voluntary work not only makes a difference to other people’s lives, it’s also a great opportunity for your child to develop their skills, meet new people and make new friends.
Voluntary work is a great way for your child to:
- Try out something new
- Build confidence in working with others
- Improve their employability
- Make their CV or application form stand out from the crowd
- Show a prospective employer that they’re dedicated to a certain career.
- Find out if they like a particular job
- Have fun
- Make a difference to their local community
- Make new friends
Your son or daughter can do as much or as little voluntary work as suits them. They might like to do a few hours combined with work or studies, a short term project at holiday time, or a full-time working holiday or gap year. They can decide what’s best for them.
Make a start by taking a look at the volunteering opportunities provided by Staffordshire County Council.
Volunteering can help you gain new skills and paid work
Over 80% of employers have said that they are more likely to employ someone with volunteering on their CV. Volunteering is also a great way to gain valuable new skills to help find a better job.
This video produced by vinspired details how two people found paid work using the skills and experience they gained through volunteering.