Volunteering: The Real Social Network

It’s day 3 of Volunteers’ Week 2015 and all week we’ll be sharing case studies with you to highlight the many reasons people have for volunteering. We’d love you to join in too – head over to the Volunteers’ Week website to download your digital resource pack and use the hashtag #ivolunteer to share your story.

Rachael started volunteering in her local community through connecting with her community mobiliser from Community Action:MK. She also helped at her local youth club each week. Since the beginning of 2015, she has been helping with reception and administration, and welcoming visitors and clients at Citizen’s Advice.

Through her volunteering, Rachael felt a real sense of contributing towards the wellbeing of the community, helping organise events and craft workshops that otherwise may not have happened. She met some wonderful people – some who have become lifelong friends. Rachael says, “It opened up a social network for myself and my children as we were fairly new to the area and kept us informed of all the great things we could be part of.”

Volunteering has really had a profound impact on Rachael, she continues “Back in 2006 volunteering changed me from being quiet and not knowing anyone in my community, to being a confident member of the community. Most recently it has changed my lifestyle and that of my children. I’m very proud of myself and hope this continues to have a positive effect.”

If you’d like to find out more about volunteering, give Community Action: MK a call on 01908 661623 or come along to our drop in and speak to one of our friendly, trained advisors every Thursday morning from 10am-12noon in the reception at Acorn House, 351 Midsummer Boulevard, CMK, MK9 3HP.

Alternatively, you can search for local opportunities via www.do-it.org