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Think about volunteering to develop your skills

Volunteering may not be paid work but can be a great way to build your skill and experience to help you get back into work.

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Voluntary work can help you in a range of ways

It can help you:

  • Try a different area of work
  • Learn new skills
  • Develop skills and experiences you can include on your CV
  • Build networks to help you find paid work
  • Demonstrate to employers that you are being proactive and keeping busy
  • Find something useful to do if you are not in work and feel you are doing something worthwhile

If you are interested in volunteering then visit http://www.do-it.org.uk/ to find out more and to search through one million opportunities to volunteer and apply online

Top Tips to help you start volunteering

  • What do you want from volunteering - new skills, fun, a chance to contribute to a cause?
  • What do you have to offer - specialist knowledge and skills, other work and life skills, enthusiasm, time?
  • Work out roughly how much time you have to give, how many times a week or month
  • Browse! The best way to find out what's available is to do some searches on the do-it database
  • Remember that everyone can volunteer - whatever your skills, experience or background you should be able to find an opportunity
  • Ask questions - don't be shy about asking questions as you go through the process of applying for an opportunity
  • Just try it - often the most difficult part of volunteering is making the first move, so be brave!

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