Benefits to Volunteering

Posted 01/06/2023

This Volunteers Week, we are looking into the key benefits to volunteering and how you can get involved by volunteering in Thera Group.

Volunteering is a great way to spend some of your spare time giving back to causes that make a difference. As well as being able to give back to your community, it will benefit you both personally and professionally. In this blog, we discuss some of the key benefits to volunteering.

Gain new skills

Volunteering can increase many of your skills and gives you the opportunity to put these skills into practice.

Some of the softer skills you can gain from volunteering include both social and relationship skills as you will be meeting people all with similar interests to you.

Alongside your communication skills, there are opportunities to build on practical skills in your chosen field, all of which can aid you in your future.

According to the ‘Time Well Spent’ 2023 report by NCVO 72%* of all adults in Great Britain who volunteered in the last 12 months felt like volunteering gave them new skills and experience.

You can make a difference and gain skills without it taking up too much time like in other roles that take longer.

Your career journey

Whether you are a student, starting a new career, or looking to gain specific skills for work, volunteering can help you to gain valuable new skills that may support you in your career journey.

It can support you to share your knowledge and skills with others, enriching people’s lives in the process.

Many volunteering opportunities can teach you invaluable job skills which can aid your job applications in the future.

It also gives you the opportunity to try out another career venture without committing to it fully. You can gain hands-on experience that will guide you on your career paths.

Its nice meeting people outside of uni. I’m at Glasgow University in a bit of a bubble so getting outside perspectives is refreshing. It’s a rewarding feeling. I don’t know if there’s anything such as a selfless act as it feels good to do good.

Your impact on the community

When you volunteer, you are supporting causes that make a difference. This could be in your local community or wider. When volunteering in Thera Group, you are supporting people with a learning disability to live the life they choose.

This can include supporting people to make social connections, to enjoy their hobbies and interests or to enjoy their local community.

Volunteering allows you to connect with your community and support organisations like Thera Group to help make it a better place.

In NCVO’s recent survey ‘Time Well Spent’ 89%* of people who volunteered in the last 12 months felt like they are making a difference through volunteering.

It’s always been something I’ve seen as important to support your communities. You have these moments where you realise “I’ve done something good here.

Building your connections

Volunteering is a great way to support you in building both personal and professional connections. Not only can it support you in gaining contact with people in the sector you have chosen to volunteer in, but it is also one of the best ways to meet new people, make new friends and strengthen existing relationships.

It can strengthen your ties with the local communities and broadens your connections and networks who have common interests.

In NCVO’s recent survey ‘Time Well Spent’ 74%* of people who volunteered in the last 12 months felt like it brought them in contact with people from different backgrounds and cultures.

Your life is meaningful

Volunteering makes a difference. It makes a difference to your life and to the lives of people around you. Supporting a cause by volunteering your time is a great way to gain real fulfilment within your life.

It can increase your productivity, creativity and vision that can carry over into both your personal and professional lives.

In NCVO’s recent survey ‘Time Well Spent’ 88%* of people who volunteered in the last 12 months felt that volunteering gave them a sense of personal achievement.

I feel like I’m making a difference and I feel valued in what I’m doing.

Are you ready to give back to your community and start volunteering in Thera?

We currently have volunteer opportunities in Scotland! Get in touch to find out more.