With the huge impact Covid-19 has had on our local communities, NHS and the care sector volunteering has become even more crucial and many people have more time to volunteer. 

We were very interested to get an idea of how investment banks and other financial services firms viewed volunteering to see if they felt it would be a positive on someone’s CV when they are applying for roles in the future.  The results from a questionnaire we sent last week was that 89% of those who responded felt that volunteering would be a good addition to anyone’s CV:

So, volunteering is a good idea for building your future career prospects as well as making a real difference to you and those around you. If you are keen to do it how can you go about finding opportunities?

Your first point of call could be to look out for your neighbours by offering help with shopping and other errands. Do bear in mind that there will be others you can support not just neighbours who are self-isolating or vulnerable.  You might also want to consider:

  • Local medical staff
  • Staff and volunteers in key worker roles
  • Supermarket workers
  • Delivery drivers.

There are other simple steps you could take to help in your local community:

  • Contact your local school
  • See if your local pharmacy needs assistance with deliveries
  • Approach your doctor’s surgery
  • Enquire with local care homes to see if you can help in anyway
  • Contact local charities
  • Search the internet
  • Look at local council requirements

There are also some great organisations that can help you find your dream role. So, think about what you wold like to get involved in as well as what skills you can really add and the time you can commit.

The following online sources can also help you find the right opportunity for you:

  • Contact your local volunteer centre – this is a great place to start to find an opportunity in your local area – FIND YOUR LOCAL VOLUNTEER CENTRE
  • The Do-it.org volunteering database – you can search the volunteering opportunities by interest, activity or location and apply online
  • Search on charity specialist job boards – Charityjob is a good starting point with paid and unpaid voluntary roles available.
  • Volunteering matters – build volunteering projects and programmes to improve health and wellbeing; build stronger, more inclusive communities; and achieve lasting results. You can volunteer part time or full time.
  • Reach volunteering – has hundreds of opportunities for volunteers to use their professional skills to help charities. You can also create a profile so charities can contact you.
  • How charities work – you could volunteer by becoming a trustee of a charity.  You would be very involved in all the charities work and their finances.
  • Volunteer safely – there are some great remote volunteering opportunities available – for example opportunities in London.

It is crucial that you ensure you are volunteering safely and looking after yourself as well so ensure you:

  • Keep family and friends up to date on what you are doing
  • Support by phone or video call
  • Keep a safe distance – stay at least two metres – about three steps – away from people you’re helping
  • Stay outside of people’s homes
  • Wash your hands often
  • Don’t take on too much
  • If you’re trying to help someone with very serious issues – do get help if needed from local services

Make the most of any time you have and enjoy the volunteering in the sure knowledge that you are helping others, feeling good about it and developing a strong CV.

For more tips on how to make yourself competitive when recruitment starts again please follow Alan Mitchell on LinkedIn.