Why volunteer?

A belated welcome to 2020 – a new year is a great time to think about doing new things.

With busy lives, it can be hard to find time to volunteer. However, the benefits of volunteering can be enormous. Volunteering offers help to people in need, and to the community but even greater can be the benefits for you the volunteer.

All sorts of people volunteer for many different reasons. Whether you’re at university or retired, working or job hunting, there’s a rewarding role for you at a Citizens Advice

Ten great reasons to volunteer

1. Make a difference

It can be incredibly rewarding to contribute something non-financial to a cause you care about.

2. Boost your confidence

Trying something new and getting out of your comfort zone every now and then can do wonders for your confidence levels. 

3. Do something interesting

Don’t let your spare time trickle away – fill it doing something interesting and challenging.

4. Meet new people

Tired of doing the same things with the same group of friends? Widen your circle and horizons by meeting people you might not normally.

5. Improve your prospects

Having volunteering on your CV demonstrates that you’re someone with initiative and a rounded life.

6. Get to know your community

Whether you’ve lived in a town for 20 years or have just moved there, you’ll develop a great feel for the people and the place at a Citizens Advice.

7. Put your talents to use

Use it or lose it! Got the gift of languages? Volunteer as an interpreter.

8. Enjoy free training

CAB trainee advisers can gain through their training.

9. Gain office-based work experience

Get ahead of the competition for jobs and university places with some real life experience. Law students, for example, can use the CAB as a Community Placement.

10. We need you!

Ninety per cent of the people who work in the Citizens Advice service are volunteers, and we simply wouldn’t be here for our clients without them.

The Citizens Advice Service at Massey/Westgate needs volunteers, if you think this rewarding voluntary work could be for you contact- Barbara 09 833 5775 or massey@cab.org.nz.