Volunteering to gain experience: Spotlight on Care in the Community

Volunteering in your community can help you to change your own life and also help to improve the lives of others, but we know that lots of people are also looking for volunteering as a way into work. Getting a job is difficult, even with the right experience, but experience can feel just as hard to find. Volunteering is a great way to have a go at something new, gain skills, and get that all important experience.

If your ultimate goal is to find work, the largest growing jobs market in the UK is in the care sector, and there are dozens of care-related volunteering opportunities available in Gainsborough and the surrounding villages. Volunteering in a care-related setting can be hugely rewarding and will allow you to gain experience whilst giving something back to your local community. Here are some examples of the types of opportunity available within Gainsborough town centre.

  • Local charities Age UK and Lincoln and Lindsey Blind Society are looking for befriender volunteers to visit older, visually impaired or disabled people at their home for just a couple of hours on a weekly basis to offer some friendship and company.
  • Gainsborough Community Wheels is urgently seeking people with their own transport to take older and disabled people to doctor’s appointments and help with shopping trips.
  • Several local Care Homes are looking for volunteers to visit residents who maybe don’t have any other visitors. Volunteering never involves any personal care.

All of these volunteering roles can help you to gain the skills you need to start pursuing a career in care and make a difference to the people in your local community.

If you’re interested in finding out more about volunteering in care, or any other role, please get in touch on 01427 613470, visit our website at www.voluntarycentreservices.org.uk or call in to the Guildhall, 10am-4pm, Monday to Friday.