‘I was so impressed with the place; it was one man’s dream that became reality. So I volunteered!’ - Beryl
2012 was the year of the volunteer! You couldn’t turn on the TV, get on a train or enter anywhere near London without seeing someone in their Games Makers uniform. However, Demelza has been relying on our volunteers for the past 15 years and 2012 was our year too, we were proud to be awarded The Queen’s Award, an MBE for volunteers. So with all the praise and attention, the question arises; why volunteer in 2013 and beyond? A very good question to ask! The benefits of volunteering are numerous. People of all ages and walks of life can benefit from the experiences gained during their volunteering. Volunteering gives you the opportunity to make a difference to people’s lives.
‘You get a good feeling; helping others’ - Georgia
Volunteering is a fantastic way to gain experience in the world of work. Developing new skills in a semi-professional environment can boost your CV, increase your employability, and enhance your personal statement/UCAS application. Volunteering after school or college can offer you many advantages; as well as being a place to get to know a wide range of people, it also offers a chance to boost your understanding of the wider world. Over 16s can volunteer in our shops but if you are younger, fundraising in your school, youth group etc… is always a good way to get involved. We can help you with equipment such as posters, leaflets and perhaps even a visit from Dotty.
‘I’m taking A Level Psychology; volunteering at Demelza really helps to broaden my knowledge.’ – Georgia
A regular commitment to Demelza is a valuable asset; demonstrating to potential employers that you are a hard worker, committed and conscientious member of society.
Demelza can even act as a future reference for you!
‘I thought to myself; what a useful way to spend my spare time’ - Carol
Demelza relies upon a varied volunteer force. Every volunteer brings their own unique skills to the organisation and each task is as important to us as the next. Those with professional skills such as Administration, Finance, Marketing etc… are just as important to the day to day running of Demelza. Offering the skills that you have honed in your professional life can be a rewarding way to give something to Demelza.
‘The skills I’ve got, I may as well put to use for Demelza.’ – Carol
We can work around your commitments and still offer you the chance to feel part of our team. At Demelza we can arrange for corporate groups to take part in Volunteer Days for those wanting to work along side their colleagues as part of team building exercises and projects. The hours you accrue could even work towards part of your CPD.
Those that have time on weekends or during holidays might want to consider fundraising on our behalf; having a presence at events helps spread the word about Demelza. It doesn’t just have to be shaking a bucket or even going outside; you could have a Dotty Day at work, or even a dotty bake sale. We can support you with literature and fundraising tools.
‘It keeps you young! I wanted to enjoy life’ – Joan
Retirement can be a daunting prospect. Volunteers sometimes say that they didn’t want to retire or that’s they were even scared of what was to come for them. For many volunteering with Demelza has bridged the gap between work and retirement. Volunteering for us can offer the satisfaction of helping those and still having the social side of life that can be taken away when work ends.
‘You feel that you are putting something back into society’ - Beryl
Volunteering with Demelza could open new doors and new experiences to you, in your retirement. Joining our team could be the answer you are looking for.
‘I’ve done so many things in Demelza that I wouldn’t have normally done in my retirement.’ – Joan
Mums and Dads
Many of our volunteers work their time around their family life. We have volunteers who come to us after dropping children off at school and leave ready to be at the school gates at 3pm. You could offer your skills in a way that suits you; whether that is offering a few hours in a shop or being part of our maintenance team during school hours, we can support you in your chosen area.
‘I had a career before children, but it takes a back seat once you have them. When my son started school I wanted to give something back’ – Emma
A survey by a parenting website suggested that a lack of confidence is one of the main hurdles for parents who want to return to the work. Being a volunteer at Demelza can be a real confidence booster. If you’ve taken time out of your career to bring up your children but now want to do something in the time that they are at school then Demelza could be the perfect place!