AVA’s Volunteer Centre is a major source for agencies seeking volunteers in the district. Working through personal contact with both volunteers and groups, and through our online recruitment pages, we support the work of a wide range of charities and groups in the district. In the first six months of 2023, we advertised XX volunteer opportunities, were approached by XX prospective volunteers, and made XX successful volunteer placements. A vibrant volunteering culture brings immense benefits to a community, and to both to the volunteer and to the organization or cause that they are supporting. Here are some examples of the ways in which volunteering can be beneficial:

  • Personal growth and development: Volunteering can help individuals develop new skills, gain experience in a particular field, and build their self-confidence. It can also be a great way to learn more about oneself and what one is passionate about.
  • Social connections: Volunteering can provide an opportunity to meet new people and make new friends, especially if it is done as part of a group. It can also be a way to strengthen existing relationships, as people often bond while working together towards a common goal.
  • Improved mental and physical health: Volunteering has been shown to have a number of positive effects on mental health, including reducing stress and depression, and increasing feelings of purpose and self-esteem. It can also be physically rewarding, as many volunteering activities involve physical activity.
  • Giving back to the community: Volunteering allows individuals to contribute to their community and make a positive impact on the lives of others. It can be a very fulfilling experience to know that one is helping to make a difference.
  • Career advancement: Volunteering can provide valuable experience and skills that can be useful in a future job or career. It can also be a way to build a professional network and make connections in a particular field.