This week is Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June) and over the next few days I’ll be sharing a variety of stories with you to celebrate all that’s great about volunteering and of course to thank the thousands of wonderful people who pledge their time to make a difference to the lives of our guests.
Did you know that Revitalise runs the largest residential volunteer programme of any UK charity? We work hard to ensure that for all our volunteers give to us, they are able to receive just as much in return. In giving us their time, we hope to present our volunteers with the opportunity to try new things, to develop and expand their skill set, to gain practical experience of supporting the needs of our guests and most importantly, to leave them with memories that we hope will last a lifetime.
After being incredibly fortunate to join our charity as a member of staff, having previously given my time as a volunteer, I am well aware of the incredible rewards that being a volunteer can reap, with our own research showing that the benefits of volunteering are bountiful.
When we asked our volunteers to give us an insight into their time with us, here are just some of the things they told us:
- Over 90% said that they felt more confident and well rounded as a result of volunteering.
- 84% of the 16-25 year-olds we surveyed believed that volunteering had improved their prospects of getting paid work.
- 79% said they had been inspired to play a more active part in their home communities.
Pretty impressive, right? So, I hope you’ll join me in celebrating the generosity and dedication of all those who give their time to worthy causes like ours right across the UK and even overseas.
If you too are inspired to join our fantastic army of volunteers then why not check out our volunteer section here, or click below to watch our new volunteer video.
While many of our volunteers pledge their time to our centres, you can also give your time at one of our 14 charity shops, or perhaps you’d like to gain some experience at our London office? However and wherever you choose to invest your time, you can rest assured that you’ll be making an incredible difference.
Three cheers for our volunteers! We salute you!