Giving up your time to help others can do wonders for your career. A 10-year study by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) found volunteers had a 27% better chance of finding a job after being out of work than non-volunteers. Plus through volunteering you’ll also get to meet lots of different people, make new friends, learn new skills and gain invaluable experience.
There are so many different ways to help out in your local community, here are just a few.
National Citizenship Service - East of England
The National Citizenship Service (NCS) is an opportunity for 16 - 17 year olds that can help you build your skills for work and life, while you take on new challenges and meet new friends. You can take part in the school holidays and during half term.
Inspire Suffolk deliver NCS across Suffolk including Ipswich and Lowestoft.
You’ll live away from home at an outdoor activity centre in your first week and at University style accommodation living together with your team in Week 2, while developing new skills, taking on exhilarating challenges and meeting new people. In week 3 and 4, you’ll have a unique experience to design your own social action project to benefit the community around you!
Find out more about NCS with Inspire Suffolk or call their NCS team on 01473 353 197.
If you want to find out where you can volunteer in your local area this is the place to start. It has opportunities ranging from short-term and one-off roles, to temporary and long-term positions in organisations and charities from around the county. The site also includes volunteering tips, news and volunteers’ stories.
Catch22 works with young people to help them overcome any difficult situations or need support to become more positive and independent.
Volunteering Matters is the UK’s leading volunteering and training charity, involving over 30,000 volunteers every year.
This youth charity offers practical and financial support, developing key life skills such as confidence and motivation for 14 to 30-year-olds who are looking to explore their opportunities and who may have struggled at school, been in care, are long-term unemployed or have been in trouble with the law.
Check out their TEAM programme which is a 12-week course aiming to guide young people on to positive next steps in education, work or further training.
The Prince's Trust is also involved in a project called Talent Match, helping young people find the job they want. If you're 18-24, living in the Ipswich area and have been unemployed or out of education for 12 months or more, see how Talent Match could help you!
They also help people (18-30) wanting to explore business ideas and start-ups on their Enterprise programme.
V's projects are designed to engage young people who are under-represented, for example minority groups or those not in education, employment or training.
Sport & Event Volunteering Project
The Sport & Event Volunteering Project runs sporting and community events throughout the year, and works with sports clubs across Suffolk. There are volunteering opportunities within the sports clubs, and to help with the organisation and promotion of events.
Lions Club International - Young Leaders in Service awards
Are you already a volunteer or providing a service to your community?
You may be eligible to participate in the Lions Young Leaders in Service awards (if you are between the ages of 11 and 18) to gain recognition for what you do from an international association, that can be listed on college or job applications.
You will be provided with a booklet to log your service activities. There are two award levels recognising what you do:
- The Silver Seal Award for young people who provide at least 50 hours of service to their community during a 12 month period.
- The Gold Seal Award for those who provide at least 100 hours of service to their community during a 12 month period.
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