Getting ready to volunteer

So, you want to volunteer? That’s great!

Welcome to the world of volunteering!

There’s nothing like the feeling of contributing to society; giving something back to your community and helping to improve the lives of others.

There are a number of ways to find the perfect volunteering opportunity for you, the best way though is to get in touch with us and we’ll walk you through the process of getting the most out of your volunteering experience and to make your contribution worthwhile, for you and for your community.

You can also join the national #VolunteerReady campaign on  Facebook and Twitter to help you get ready to join the army of volunteers making a difference right across the country.

Let’s Get Going!

We’re thrilled that you’ve made the decision to volunteer! We’re passionate about volunteering and we want you to have the best experience possible – to do that, we want to get to know you.

Step one: There are a few questions you should ask yourself before you start looking for volunteer opportunities. By answering them, you will be able to find something you’ll enjoy, that will benefit you, the organisation you’ll be working with, and your local community. Some will need more thinking about than others but, once you have your answers, you’ll be better prepared to get started on your journey. 

These questions include:

  • Why do you want to volunteer?
  • What kind of volunteering do you want to do?
  • What causes are you passionate about? What matters to you?
  • What are your interests?
  • What skills do you have? What skills would you like to develop further? What kind of things will help you do this?
  • How much time do you have?
  • Are you able to travel?
  • What kind of time do you have to volunteer?
  • Would you prefer to volunteer in a role that is regular (weekly etc.)?
  • Would you prefer more informal or micro volunteering opportunities?

Step two: We’ll arrange to meet you for a chat. Whether that’s over the phone, online, or for a brew in the Dudson Café.

We’ll start by asking you some of the questions we’ve mentioned above so if you’ve already had a think about these and have some note, bring them along. But we won’t just question you, we’ll have a conversation so you can get to know us too.

Step three: We’ll have a look at the kind of roles and organisations that might suit you; those that align with your interests and passions, the roles you’ll enjoy, and the communities you’ll make a difference in…

Our online notice board has hundreds of opportunities across Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire so we’re sure to find something that catches your eye.

We encourage all our organisations to be as inclusive and accessible as possible so the roles you’ll see advertised will have clear and accurate descriptions to ensure that you have a good idea of what your role would be and the kinds of activities you’ll be taking part in.

We’ll be able to discuss the opportunities you find and talk about what the pros and cons of the role would be for you.

Step four: When you’ve found a role that grabs your attention, there will be a few different options for you. If you’re particularly taken with the role, you can either apply away and we’ll help you get your application in.

You also have the option of meeting the someone from the organisation for an informal chat to find out more about the organisation, their mission, and the kind of work they do. This will also give you the opportunity to ask any questions about what you’ll be doing with them and the people you’ll be working with.

If you’re still not sure, or you want to experience the role before you commit, we can arrange a taster day where you’ll get some hands-on experience in the role and get a real feel for what you’ll be getting involved in. Taster days are an excellent opportunity to try it out before you commit to a more formal volunteering agreement.

Step five: Once you’re in a volunteering role, we’ll let you get settled before we check in with you. This might just be a quick call to see how you’re getting on, or we can pop over to see you for a catch up, find out how you’re finding it and whether you’re getting the support you need.

You can always contact us before this though if there’s something you’d like to discuss.

This process isn’t lengthy, and it isn’t complicated. It will help you to find the opportunity right your you and for the organisation you’ll be working with, therefore, making your volunteering experience as enjoyable and rewarding as possible.

Get in touch and we’ll help get you started on your volunteering journey.