Volunteering – The bigger picture

According to the National Council for Voluntary Organizations, 22.7 million adults have formally volunteered at least once a year and 15.1 million volunteered once a month.

According to the Institute for Volunteering Research, 87% of employers think that volunteering can have a positive effect on career succession, starting from the ages of 16 to 25.

If the idea of volunteering had not interested you before, here are a few things to consider;

In terms of career wise, the experience you entail will always be with you for the foreseeable future. You will learn from every opportunity, may they be big or small, and may even lead to jobs.

The most obvious reason is your CV; no-one likes writing that, but it would be a lot easier if you had evidence of opportunities you have done, especially volunteering. Volunteering may be from a few hours a day or even a week and does not take long at all.

Volunteering can even lead to endless opportunities; especially with who you are volunteering for. If the employers are impressed with you, this may then lead to a job, which is what happened with Helen Menzies.

“I was stuck in a job I hated; where I would finish at 1pm. I love working with kids but the staff there made me unhappy.

“I started volunteering for a school local to me, for about a year. A job opportunity came-up, to which was then offered to me as I knew the staff and head-teacher very well by then”.

The social craze

The no make-up ‘selfie’ was started-off in a bid to raise cancer awareness.

Using the hashtag, #nomakeupselfie, 8 million of us took part in 8 days, taking to social networking sites Twitter and Facebook, where you would take a ‘selfie’ of your make-up free face, donate money to charity, and then nominate someone else to do the same.

Kym Marsh, Michelle Keegan, Amy Wilerton, Michelle Heaton and many others all joined-in on Twitter with their au natural face in a bid to encourage their followers to do the same and donate.

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Celebrities took to Twitter to do their bit for cancer


Many argued, including Jenni Murray, from the Daily Mail, saying  it had no relevance and will not cure cancer by taking a picture. However, Cancer Research said they were overwhelmed by the donations received.

Speaking to one of Cancer research’s shop managers in Enfield, about the volunteering response in his shop, he said:

“It’s not as good as I would like volunteers to contact me, but we don’t suffer a lot. We do have a good volunteering base at the moment.

“I have a set group of volunteers every week who help bring the daily activity of the shop as much as they can and want.

He continued: “It’s always encouraged to volunteer and they should be more people to e gibing up their time and effort for a good cause and to spend their free time more frequently.

“We do have a qualification team where we offer NVQ’s level 1 and 2 in retail skills, but they have to volunteer for a minimum set of time”.


I asked a few girls, on Holloway Road to see if they joined in the social craze in March



Christianna Andrews