You have got time!

Over the past week you have probably seen posts about volunteering on your Facebook page or twitter account, on your work intranet or heard it mentioned in adverts and articles on the TV and in newspapers.

The reason for this is that June 1 – 7 has been national volunteers week.

Deciding you would like to volunteer in some way can be a bit daunting, particularly if it’s something that none of your friends or family do, but it definitely isn’t as difficult or demanding as you might think.

As well as the obvious benefits to the cause or organisation you decide to help, you might be surprised at how much you get out of it yourself.

At Broxtowe Women’s Project we offer training to all of our volunteers and so they learn new skills. This in turn can improve your job prospects or even help you decide on a new career path.

You will undoubtedly make new friends and despite the serious nature of what organisations like ours do, there is lots of fun and enjoyment too. Don’t forget the feel-good factor you will get from helping others too!

One of the main reasons people give for not volunteering is “I don’t have enough time”.  We always make it very clear that people can do as much or as little as they like and this is true of any organisation. We’re pretty sure most people have a spare hour each week and that is enough. You have got time!

At BWP there are lots of ways to get involved, from fundraising, sharing your skills, becoming a Trustee or sparing your time to help deliver support. We’re interested to hear ideas from people too on how they feel they could contribute.

There’s a page on our website about volunteering, why not have a read and see what you think?