How You Can Help Us

The team at the Association values any help or donations that you are able to make. If you have any spare time why not consider volunteering? Did you know about all the benefits....

Build your confidence

Many volunteers encounter a variety of new challenges when they begin giving time in their communities. Sharing new experiences with new people, they can learn new skills that can give them confidence to face challenges in other areas of their lives.

Introduce you to new friends

There is no better place to meet likeminded individuals than through volunteering for a campaign or cause you believe in. Working together to bring about a change is a great way to bond with others and become part of a community that can stay in touch long after your work is done. Plus, you could meet people from a diverse range of backgrounds people you may never come across in your daily life.

Create more fun in your life

Many volunteers are surprised at how much fun it can be to help others. Not every volunteer experience is the same, but by finding an opportunity that matches your interests, you have a good chance of having fun while giving time.

Improve your health

There is evidence that volunteering can improve your health. In The Healing Power of Doing Good, writer Allan Luks found medical and scientific documentation supporting the health benefits of volunteering, such as:

  • an improvement in insomnia

  • a stronger immune system

  • speedier recovery from surgery
  • Boost your career options

    A survey carried out by TimeBank through Reed Executive showed that among 200 of the UKs leading businesses:

  • 73% of employers would employ a candidate with volunteering experience over one without
  • 94% of employers believe that volunteering can add to skills
  • 58% say that voluntary work experience can actually be more valuable than experience gained in paid employment
  • 94% of employees who volunteered to learn new skills had benefited either by getting their first job, improving their salary, or being promoted.
  • Additionally, volunteering lets you road test different kinds of work, giving you hands on experience of how different professions operate. Volunteering can bring you into contact with all kinds of professionals and people from every walk of life. In fact, the networking opportunities it can provide are among the least publicised but most exciting benefits of all. A good network can guide your career pathway right through life and help you take giant steps towards your ideal job.

    Up to 60% of job vacancies are not advertised and end up being filled internally or through external networking. If you are already working, volunteering can help you change your career direction. Please click Volunteer on the navigation bar on the left hand side to see any current opportunities that the Association can offer you.

    Please click Grants and Donations on the navigation bar to see how you could help us to continue to deliver a comprehensive range of services.