Volunteers Week 2018: What’s it really about?

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    Volunteers Week runs annually from the 1st-7th June, celebrating the generosity of people who donate their time and skills to charities such as halow. Without volunteers, many charities would struggle or find it impossible to continue working due to strains on funding and growing needs within communities.

    Luckily, we are surrounded by people who want to help make a difference to a cause they’re passionate about. Charity is becoming a cultural norm in the UK, with approximately 26% of people in England taking part in volunteering at least once a month. But what about the leftover 74%? What makes people hesitate before looking into volunteering?

    At halow we want to debunk the most common hesitations and assumptions around volunteering, so you can decide what’s right for you:


    I don’t have the time around a full-time job.

    You’re not alone in thinking this. According to the National Citizenship Survey conducted by the Department for Communities and Local Government 2008-2009, 58% of people don’t volunteer because of work commitments.

    Volunteering with halow is on your terms, so if you only wanted to do evenings, every other weekend, or only on certain activities- it’s your call!


    I thought only students volunteer?

    Volunteering does look great on a CV, but our volunteers certainly don’t all fit into the same pigeon-hole. From stay at home mums to retired businessmen, helping the community is a feel-good factor everybody can enjoy.

    The young people at halow have a great relationship with our volunteers, they love meeting a variety of different people.


    I have no experience in the field I want to help in!

    The most important thing about volunteering is wanting to make a difference. If you’re passionate about helping a cause, everything else is a piece of cake! The volunteers at halow come from all kinds of backgrounds, but they all share the commitment to helping halow’s young people. We provide training in safeguarding and health & safety, so you can go into volunteering with confidence.


    So why doesn’t everyone volunteer?

    That’s what we ask! If you want to make a difference to the lives of young people with learning disabilities, meet new people and enhance your employability, we’d love to hear from you.

    Contact volunteering@halowproject.org.uk or call us on 01483 447 960 to start your volunteering journey, you might just surprise yourself!