Time to volunteer

Have you always wanted to volunteer but think you might not have enough time? With volunteering roles of all shapes and sizes available in Surrey, finding something that makes a difference and fits around your interests, skills and lifestyle could be easier than you think.  

And did you know that children as young as 14 can volunteer too? It's a great way to get new skills and boost confidence plus it could give your child the edge at college, university or job interviews.

Not sure where to start?
Head to surreycc.gov.uk/volunteer, a hub for all things volunteering that’s packed with inspiration for the different ways you can give your time, including stories from people volunteering in Surrey. You’ll also find a link to Do It, a national database where you can search roles by your location, interests and availability, and details of your nearest volunteer centre where advisers can help match you with local opportunities.

Not sure if you have enough time?
Did you know that more than half of volunteers in Surrey do it for a few hours a month or less? Whether it’s an hour a week chatting to an older person who lives alone, or a weekend once every few months helping out with conservation work, whatever time you have to give could make a world of difference.

Not sure if you could make a regular commitment?
There are lots of reasons why it’s not always easy to make a regular volunteering commitment, whether it’s work, study or family and travel plans. But luckily there are lots of ways you can volunteer on a flexible or one-off basis – visit the website or talk to someone at your local volunteer centre to find out what’s available where you live.

Whether you’re getting involved in volunteering for the first time, or have been volunteering for years, share your story via Twitter or Instagram using #timetovolunteer.

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