10 great reasons to volunteer

  1. Keep your brain active – don’t let your spare time trickle away – fill it doing something interesting and challenging! Our volunteers say that no two days are ever the same.
  2. Make a difference to someone asking for your help– it can be really rewarding to help someone find a way forward. We’ve all had times in our life when we struggled and someone helped us through.  You can pay it forward by being there for people in our community who might be less fortunate or without a voice.
  3. Join a great team – you’ll be met by a team of fantastic, friendly people who will guide you through the processes of working with our service. Volunteering lets you meet people from all walks of life and make new connections.  Our volunteers often talk about the great team spirit and social aspect of being here.
  4. Learn new skills – our volunteers are supported by a great training programme. There are always opportunities to keep up to date and develop new skills.
  5. Boost your confidence – trying something new and getting out of your comfort zone every now and then can do wonders for your confidence levels. With a supportive team behind you, you can take on more challenges than you might expect.
  6. It’s good for you! Research has shown that volunteering can improve both your physical and mental health.
  7. Sense of achievement – realising that the actions that you took changed the life of an individual for the better.
  8. Improve your prospects – having volunteering on your CV demonstrates that you’re someone with initiative and a rounded life. Employers look for candidates with a range of hard skills and soft skills, and volunteering gives you plenty of opportunities to add to your personal and professional skill set.  Lots of employers will support volunteering in work, so it’s not just for job seekers.
  9. Be the change you want to see– You have the chance to contribute to the kind of community and world you want to live in. Volunteering sets a good example for others.
  10. We need you! – Most of the people who work in the Citizens Advice service are volunteers, and we simply wouldn’t be here for our clients without them. We really value the life experience and perspectives that our volunteers bring to us.

Our volunteers come from a wide range of backgrounds, including young people, professionals who want to broaden their horizons and retired people who want to give something back. Our commitment to valuing diversity and promoting equality means we can encourage individuals who might not otherwise volunteer. We particularly welcome applications from disabled people, people with physical or mental health conditions, LGBT+ and non-binary people, and people from Black Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities.

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