Volunteering can be beneficial in many ways. It can help you; explore new career options, increase your skills, get involved in your community or simply encourage you to meet new people.
What can I do?
There is a huge range of volunteering opportunities available. You may want to volunteer as part of a group, for example in a community garden or as an individual, as a mentor or befriender perhaps. You also may want to volunteer on a regular basis or as a one-off. Where and however you want to volunteer when you are deciding what it is you are going to do, make sure that it is something that you are going to enjoy and be realistic about the time you can offer.
OK, let’s get started! How can I volunteer?
Volunteer Centre Lewisham can be the first step in connecting you to the volunteering opportunity you are looking for. We can help speed up your volunteering search in a number of ways. You can:-
– Come and see us.
We offer a drop-in service for initial advice and times and dates will be advertised on our website. You can also make a one-to-one appointment with an advisor where we can discuss volunteering options with you in more detail. You will be able to talk about what it is you want from your volunteering, and what interests you and we can let you know the range of opportunities available.
To make an appointment just call us on 020 8613 7113 and make an appointment or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org
– Register with Volunteer Connect.
The Volunteer Connect system has hundreds of volunteering opportunities with the majority being in the Borough of Lewisham. You can post your profile and say what you are interested in so organizations can be alerted to you if an opportunity becomes available. You can also express your interest in a particular opportunity that is advertised and the organisation should contact you. If you don’t hear anything in 10 days please let us know. You can see opportunities available and register at Volunteer Connect here.
– Skilled volunteers
If you have specific skills that you want to use e.g. journalism, marketing, DJing, photography etc. then email us a short profile about yourself and we can put you on our skilled volunteers section for organisations to search.
If you are interested in becoming a trustee in Lewisham please find more information here.
That’s it! Simple! If you still need more information then please read our Step by Step Guide to Volunteering.