In January a lot of people take the time to reflect and think about what the year ahead may look like for them, both professionally and/or personally and a lot of the time volunteering can find its way on to the list of ‘things to do’ this year.
Unfortunately though, it doesn’t always get crossed off the list and that isn’t because people can’t be bothered or have gone off the idea, a lot of the time it’s they don’t know how to get started.
Knowing where to start with volunteering is sometimes a difficult task, but it doesn’t have to be. Volunteer Centre Manchester is here to support Manchester residents on their volunteering journeys and that includes people that are new to volunteering or those with years and years of experience.
Part of our role at Volunteer Centre Manchester is to provide support and advice on things like; what volunteering is, how you can begin, the kind of things you might need to think about beforehand (see below!) and the different types of volunteering opportunities available in Manchester.
If you are serious about volunteering or just want to ‘dip your toe in’ and find out more, join us on our next ‘Volunteering Surgery’ which takes place on:
Friday 27th January 2017, 10am-12pm
Manchester Town Hall,
Town Hall Extension,
St Peter’s Square,
The “surgery” or drop-in is available to anyone interested in volunteering in Manchester and we will have members of the Volunteer Centre on hand to help you register, share advice or answer any questions you may have. Start volunteering in 2017 and cross it off your list!
If you would like to know more about our ‘Volunteer Surgery’ or Volunteer Centre Manchester in general, please visit www.volunteercentremanchester.co.uk or ring the office on 0161 830 4770.
As mentioned earlier here a few tips to think about before you start to volunteer:
• If you have never volunteered you might want to apply for short term roles or one off events in the first instance, to make sure volunteering is something you want to do!
• Have a good think about exactly how much time you can commit to volunteering, it can be easily overlooked.
• Think outside the box and try new things if you can. You never know, you might just find a new interest or hobby whilst gaining new skills.
• Consider volunteering with friends or family. It’s a great way of bringing you closer together while doing something great!
Thanks for reading and we’ll see you soon.