MS-UK are always looking for volunteers to work in our office or at our fundraising events, here are some points to consider if you are thinking of volunteering…
Ask – Let people know that you are looking to volunteer and what your interests are. Your own community is an ideal place to reach out.
Don’t over commit – As eager as you are to make a difference, you don’t want volunteer projects to rule your schedule. Make sure you balance your time carefully so that your professional life or family time doesn’t take a critical hit.
Have fun – Helping others is its own reward, but it shouldn’t feel like a chore. Even the most mundane task can be fun if you manage it with a sense of humour and excitement for making a difference.
Consider your skills – Ask yourself what you have to offer. What skills do you have and how can they translate to helping MS-UK? If you’re a good photographer, maybe you can take pictures at one of our fundraising events!
Learn something new – Yes, you’ve got something to offer, but what else can you get out of this experience besides the joy of giving back? Trying things that may be out of your comfort zone forces you to learn and adjust—a skill all of us can benefit from. Plus, you might find that you enjoy something you didn’t know about before.
Combine your goals – Look for volunteer opportunities that will help you achieve personal goals in addition to the goal to do well. Research shows this will help you stay committed to the cause.
Pull in the same direction – While you may have your own ideas on how things should be done, remember why you are volunteering––everyone is there with the same good intentions.
Involve your friends and family – When a family volunteers together, it’s a win-win for everyone. The experience can bring everyone closer together, introduce skills and experiences never before encountered, and create special memories (plus, wherever you’re volunteering benefits from more hands on deck!).
Be yourself – Bring your heart, your sense of humour, and your enthusiastic spirit to your volunteer service. Never be afraid to ask about things you don’t know or understand yet.
Volunteering is what you make it, so be positive and you go out there and save the world!
If you would like to volunteer for us contact Mark Drain for fundraising events opportunities, or Sarah Wright for office opportunities.
Mark Drain on 01206 226502
Sarah Wright on 01206 226511