Getting back to work

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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.


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 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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