It's something that everyone can do
Whatever your interests, wherever you live, whether you have a lot of time or a little – you will be giving your time to help charities and community groups improve lives.
Not only will you have the satisfaction and achievement of making a difference, volunteering can also provide you with many benefits including:
- the opportunity to make new friends and contacts
- the chance to have fun doing something you’ve never tried before
- a greater sense of well-being
- increased confidence
- a chance to develop your job and career prospects
- learning new skills
What volunteers are saying
“It’s the feeling of wellbeing you get from it. It’s great to feel that you’re being useful and is really good for your self-esteem.”
“I’ve also enjoyed the intellectual challenge of addressing some of the problems and issues which the voluntary organisations face”
“I would definitely recommend volunteering. I enjoyed being part of a team doing something worthwhile and it gave me back my confidence and I have made some new friends”
I have taken up a position of volunteer helper at a local school. I will be taking a visually impaired student to sailing classes once a week this term once my DBS check is cleared. I have decided to concentrate on this one position for now especially as having been shown round the specialist department, I can see that I may be able to continue to support that department indefinitely, if they want me to. Many thanks for…
“Volunteering can fit in around your working life. For me, it can be as little as one day in two weeks. Start small with something achievable and commit to turning up. Just give it a go, it doesn’t matter about ability or mobility. Start small. Go and speak to your local Volunteer Centre”
“Volunteering has kept me active, particularly by keeping my brain working when planning events. TVA’s support has been invaluable.”
“Potential employers overlook stay at home. I am hoping to gain paid work at some point but I am committed to working as a volunteer at the centre for the foreseeable future. It has given me a sense of purpose”
“Volunteering has opened my eyes to a new world! I can have fun trying new things.”
“Volunteering is a Win-Win-Win situation. It helps the organisation with new skills, it helps the individual personally, and it really helps the community”
“The opportunity to improve a young person’s life whilst simultaneously having fun yourself is the most natural outcome from being an Independent Visitor ”
Some of the ways you can help to make a difference...
- helping on local community projects
- spending time mentoring or befriending a vulnerable person
- joining an organisation as a chairman, treasurer, trustee or committee member
- working outdoors to improve the environment
- assisting with local sports initiatives
- caring for animals and wildlife
Volunteer Centres can help make it happen
Before you volunteer
Before you start to volunteer it is important to consider what you want to do, how much time you can commit and how often you can do it – there is usually a volunteer role to suit everyone.
We can assist you through this process by either meeting you for a chat, discussing it over the phone or you can contact us by email. Once we’ve helped you to narrow down your choices, we can then put you in touch with suitable organisations.
How to get started
Tandridge Voluntary Action supports volunteering across Tandridge district and operates two volunteer centres in Oxted and Caterham.
To volunteer –
- either access the easy-to-use search tool on this web page, to see what volunteering opportunities might be suitable for you;
- or, if you are not quite sure what you would like to do, contact one of the volunteer centres, and we can offer you advice and a confidential one-to-one interview in the centre or on the telephone, at a time to suit you.