What are the Options?
As you have just read, the whole range of roles is open to us in the voluntary
sector but we need to think about what type of organisation to volunteer
Some of the larger charities are very much like corporate employers so, if you
are happy in that environment, one of the big charities might suit you very
well. On the other hand, if you feel that you want a change after a career
in big organisations, you need to think about working for a small
organisation or even on your own.
Working on your own is very much an option with voluntary work. So, if you
like gardening, for example, you can go round to the homes of elderly people
in your neighbourhood and help them with their garden. The same is true if
you are good at DIY; you can volunteer to help them with the jobs around the
house that they maybe cannot do themselves.
If you want something in between these two extremes, look for something
locally such as driving a community mini-bus or something similar. Do think
about what kind of work you want to do in what kind of organisation, or
outside an organisation, before you commit yourself.
Your voluntary work might take the form of being on a committee of some sort.
If you belong to a club of some sort, you could become secretary, treasurer
or some other club official. You could join (or start) the Neighbourhood
Watch Scheme and help with that. You could become a magistrate or a school
governor or become a parish councillor. There are many choices when it comes
to helping with clubs that you belong to or more generally with your local