Voluntary work is a great way to learn new skills, make friends, and build your confidence, as well as adding to your CV and giving you a recent reference. If you’re considering a career change, it can be a perfect way to try out a new role and show potential employers how dedicated you are to the new career.
There are lots of fantastic opportunities to get involved with volunteering. The Do-it website is a great place to start. If you’re already involved with a local organisation that you’d like to support, then you could ask them directly about volunteering opportunities. Pre-schools, playgroups, schools, and Children’s Centres often need all kinds of volunteers, from receptionists, to gardeners, as well as roles that are more involved, such as playwork or breastfeeding peer support. Most charitable organisations will be looking for people to help out with fundraising – from selling raffle tickets, to events organisation.
Here are some organisations that we have identified that offer voluntary positions that we think will be of interest to Mums in particular:
Home Start is a national charity, supporting families that are finding it difficult to cope.
Balloons is an Exeter based charity, supporting children who are dealing with bereavement
Real Nappy Advisors help new Mums get to grips with reusable nappies. In many areas this involves providing a trial kit for a month and supporting the parents in using the nappies and deciding on the best options for them. This goes well alongside a real nappy retail business, as the family is then offered a discount voucher if they buy from you (refunded to you by the local council). Read blog posts from local nappy brand, Eccobots, and retailer, The Natural Nursery.
Breastfeeding Peer Supporters help new Mums deal with the many issues they can face with breastfeeding. They can volunteer within Children’s Centre groups, and in hospital maternity wards in some areas. Training is usually undertaken through the local Children’s Centre, and locally has been done through Healthy Babies UK.
Have you done any voluntary work? What sort of voluntary work would you consider doing?