Volunteering: Why you should do it!
Volunteering is a fantastic way to give back to your local community and support a cause you’re passionate about. From youth work to animal rights, there’s plenty of different volunteer roles out there.
Here at Connect Alloa, we wouldn’t be able to provide our regular youth group sessions without the help of our amazing volunteers. Between organising fun activities, running sessions and engaging with the young people, they make Connect Alloa the welcoming and friendly group that we are.
It's good for you!
Volunteering also has a lot of personal benefits, such as allowing you to develop new skills, build your confidence and meet new people. Plus it looks great on your CV!
At Connect, our volunteers have been able to attend child protection training with Youth Scotland and obtain PVG checks. This not only helps us ensure the safety of the young people we work with, but also allows our volunteers to grow their confidence and gain experience in youth work and community engagement.
Volunteering is also good for your mental wellbeing! According to Bupa, some research indicates that volunteering can positively affect on your mental health and helps people feel more connected within their community.
If you’re aged between 12-25 and volunteer in Scotland, you are eligible to participate in the Saltire Awards scheme. This Scottish Government scheme awards certificates for different levels of voluntary commitment, from short projects to extended volunteer work. These certificates recognise youth volunteering and the positive impact it has on local communities and charities across Scotland.
If you are a young person who volunteers, you can find out more about the Saltire Awards over on their website!
Find out more!
Interested in volunteering with us? Email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out more about getting involved with Connect Alloa. We are always happy to meet new people and chat about our group!
Not sure Connect Alloa is the right volunteer opportunity for you? Check out the volunteering page on the CTSI website for other volunteering roles within the Clackmannanshire area.
It’s also worth joining our Connected Clacks Facebook group to stay up to date with other local youth organisations and opportunities.