The Benefits of Volunteering

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The benefits of volunteering discussed in a workshop led by Phil Brown, East Midlands Regional Officer for the British Science Association in April 2010 at the University of Derby

The Benefits of Volunteering

  1. 1. The benefits of volunteering Philip Brown East Midlands Regional Officer British Science Association
  2. 2. Never Volunteer For Anything! Pervasive cliché of military life
  3. 3. How many people volunteer? <ul><li>73% adults volunteer 1+ times per year </li></ul><ul><li>48% adults volunteer 1+ times per month </li></ul><ul><li>(Office of UK National Statistics) </li></ul>
  4. 4. Why do people volunteer? <ul><li>53% wanted to improve things or help people </li></ul><ul><li>41% felt the cause was important or they had time to spare </li></ul>
  5. 5. Have you ever volunteered? <ul><li>Will you volunteer to tell us about it? </li></ul>
  6. 6. A Volunteer’s Story <ul><li>What did you do? </li></ul><ul><li>Whom did you work for? </li></ul><ul><li>Who benefited from your work? </li></ul><ul><li>What benefits did you receive? </li></ul><ul><li>What problems did you encounter? </li></ul>
  7. 7. Typical Benefits <ul><li>Help others </li></ul><ul><li>Return something to society </li></ul><ul><li>Gain experience </li></ul><ul><li>Make contacts / network </li></ul><ul><li>Enhance CV </li></ul><ul><li>Keep occupied </li></ul><ul><li>Travel </li></ul>
  8. 8. How to Volunteer <ul><li>What do you want to do? </li></ul><ul><li>What is your field of interest? </li></ul><ul><li>How to find a position? </li></ul><ul><li>What should I check? </li></ul>
  9. 9. What do you want to do? <ul><ul><li>Administration </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Advice, Information and Support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Architecture and Building Work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Trusteeship and Committee Work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Under 16 Volunteering </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Youth Work </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. What is your field of interest? <ul><ul><li>Animals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Art & Culture </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Children </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sport & Outdoor Activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Women’s Groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Youth </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. How to find a position? <ul><li>Approach specific organisation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>School </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Professional Institution </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Charity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Hospital </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Campaign Group </li></ul></ul><ul><li>www.do-it.org.uk </li></ul>
  12. 12. What should I check? <ul><li>Time commitment expected? </li></ul><ul><li>Is there a Volunteer Agreement? </li></ul><ul><li>What will be my role? </li></ul><ul><li>Training & Support Provided? </li></ul><ul><li>Risk and Liability Insurance? </li></ul><ul><li>Do I need transport? </li></ul><ul><li>Expenses… </li></ul>
  13. 13. Are Expenses Payable? <ul><li>Travel / Car mileage allowance? </li></ul><ul><li>Childcare? </li></ul><ul><li>Food Allowance? </li></ul><ul><li>Necessary home office expenses? </li></ul>

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