Volunteering can make a real difference to your own life and the lives of those around you.
If you want to give your time you can find an opportunity which is right for you, whether it's supporting a victim of crime or helping out at a local sports club.
The National Council for Voluntary Organisations has advice to help:
How do I get started?
Volunteer centres are a good place to look for volunteering opportunities in your area. They will find out what you're interested in doing. Then they will try to match you with a suitable role with a local charity or voluntary organisation.
To find your nearest centre using your postcode or town use the volunteer centre finder page.
There are also many different volunteering opportunities offered by Staffordshire County Council and Stoke-on-Trent City Council.
Where can I find opportunities?
For local groups, activities or events you can join to start volunteering, try searching Staffordshire Connects.
You can also find out about what's going on in Staffordshire, by:
If you already attend a great group, why not add your own so others know when it's on.
How volunteering helped Martin - countryside volunteer
During his voluntary work, Martin carried out many tasks including installing kissing gates, stiles, foot bridges, way markers, public information signs, fence repair, clearance work, woodland management and tree planting.
Martin also completed a first aid course and an Award Scheme Development and Accreditation Network qualification which recognises his volunteering efforts.
Martin was with the countryside volunteer programme since it began. As a result he found employment with a grounds maintenance company working for a housing association.
Martin said: "Volunteering has really improved my self-confidence and general social skills as well as equipping me with a new set of transferable skills".
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