Top tips to getting what you want from volunteering

People volunteer for a wide variety of reasons, especially wanting to help others. But it’s also fine to want some benefits for yourself.

You can view it as an exchange, you give your time, energy and knowledge but in return you can get something back such as to build your CV and explore a career, keep busy, feel needed, proud and worthwhile – volunteering is a two way process.

Take on a challenge

Getting involved in something new can be a real challenge. Volunteering can help you achieve personal goals, develop new skills and practice your talents. Sometimes a volunteer experience can lead you to something you never even thought about or help you to discover a hobby or interest you were unaware of.

Be part of your community

Volunteering can help build a stronger society so you can get involved in your community and feel part of something.

Sense of wellbeing

Research demonstrates that volunteering can lead to better health. It can even help with weight loss & better relationships

Meet new people

Getting involved as a volunteer will allow you to meet lots of different kinds of people and make new friends.

Personal development

If you are thinking about career growth, seeking employment or returning to work, the experience you gain as a volunteer can be really beneficial to you.

Pure enjoyment

Volunteering is an excellent time-out activity. Most volunteers get great pleasure from what they do, that’s why they keep on doing it. Finding new interests and diversions can be fun, relaxing and stimulating.


If you have any questions, or would like to know more, contact the CAS Volunteering Team at volunteering@communityactionsuffolk.org.uk or 01473 345400.