What to think about before you start volunteering

Why do it?

If you are clear about why you want to volunteer then you are more likely to know what you want to do. All volunteers are motivated to some extent by the notion of wanting to do something positive for their community but often there is more to it than that. If you are doing work that interests you, you are more likely to give more to your volunteering role and to get more out of it.

What do you want to do?

Think about the type of activity that interests you or something that you would relish doing.

How much time can you give?

Can you make a regular commitment or do you want to get involved for a shorter period of time? Time commitments can vary from a one off event or specific project, to several hours each week or month, to a full time commitment. Be realistic about how much time you can spare and over what period of time. Try not to over commit yourself.

What do you have to offer?

You may have certain abilities or talents that you would like to put to use in the course of your volunteering, for example, financial skills, organisational or IT skills or perhaps you are a good communicator or enjoy caring for people. You should think about these skills when considering what role you would like to do. There are many voluntary positions, which require no special skills or talents and many more where training & support is provided.

Above all else bring your heart, your sense of humour, your enthusiasm to volunteering. These priceless gifts of yours will be greatly appreciated by community-based organizations & the people they help.

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