‘Out of Hours’ Volunteering
Studies show that the age groups most likely to volunteer are 16-25 year olds and over 65 year olds. This is because these age groups typically have more time to spare. People over the age of 25, but under the age of 65 generally find that their responsibilities increase, with work and children taking up most of the day, leaving little room for other activities such as volunteering. It is only after retirement that people discover that they have time for volunteering again.
However, people who cannot find time to volunteer are missing out on the amazing benefits of volunteering. By regularly dedicating just a couple of hours a week to volunteering you can actually decrease your stress levels, learn new skills, meet new people and make new friends!
At the Volunteer Centre, we have a number of member organisations who are looking for people willing to offer a few hours a week in the evenings and weekends, giving you the opportunity to fit volunteering around your busy lives. You can volunteer as much or as little as you wish to fit round your regular day to day commitments.
Some possible opportunities for people who can help in the evenings or on weekends include:
- Dacorum Mencap who have a Gateway Club that meets on the first Tuesday evening of the month to help people with learning disabilities get out of the house and socialise. They need volunteers to help make sure that their members get the most out of their evenings. As this is just one evening a month, it is perfect for people who don’t have a lot of spare time to give but still want to help.
- Girl Guiding and Hemel Hempstead Scouts are both in need of volunteer leaders to help with their children’s groups. There are various groups throughout the Dacorum area that need help on different evenings.
- Local Charity Shops are always looking for people to volunteer at the weekends.
For more information on these or any of our volunteering opportunities, please contact the Volunteer Centre on 01442 247209, visit us at The Roundhouse, or visit www.volunteerdacorum.org