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Do you know what to do if an accident occurred?

Advantageslearn first aid, meet new people, youth organisation from 5 yrs

Disadvantagesdon't get paid, may be unpleasant people or situations to deal with

"ST JOHN AMBULANCE BRIGADE We are part of an organisation that teaches First Aid, among other things, to people aged 5 plus. Our Division is divided into 3 smaller units, and is called a Quadrilateral Division. {This is because it was originally split into 4 sections with separate sections for Care/Nursing and First Aid and each section was then further split in two according to gender. This no longer applies}.The current 3 sections are: 1. Badgers ..." Read review
20.09.2007

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Volunteering in the NHS

AdvantagesGreat work experience, giving something back to the community, rewarding

DisadvantagesMay be boring, co-workers may not be very pleasant!

"...local NHS hospital to do voluntary work hoping this would give me an insight into the role of a midwife. I also needed to pad out my UCAS form a bit! The application process: You need to start by writing/e-mailing/telephoning the Voluntary Services Department at the hospital. The department will usually consist of a manager and a co-ordinator who is there in an administrative support role. You then need to go in for an interview and discuss where ..." Read review
02.09.2007

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Community Level 6Cazz

Cazz

All in a good cause

Advantagescan be very meaningful and rewarding...

Disadvantagescan be thankless and underpaid!

"...positions with charities and other voluntary organisations. It seemed to me the perfect way to combine the causes I believed in with the necessity to earn a living, therefore the ideal career. However it wasn’t one I got into straight away as I went travelling after leaving school and didn’t go to University until I was about 21. At this point I had just moved back to the area I had grown up in but felt strangely rootless after drifting ..." Read review
05.07.2001

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Last Night I Changed The World

AdvantagesThe chance to give something back, gain new skills and meet people you might not otherwise

DisadvantagesNo pay, sometimes long hours, "problem" clients

"...I should be doing some voluntary work. A quick word in the ear of my mother, who was working for a local charity at the time, and lo and behold, Zoë the volunteer was born. Since that day I’ve worked with people of all ages, upbringings and nationalities in a voluntary capacity. I currently work with an organisation called Community Action which is a locally run branch of a much larger concern, Student Volunteering UK. When I’m not ..." Read review
27.02.2003

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Community Level 6MissDirect

MissDirect

Would YOU Work For Nothing

AdvantagesValuable work experience, you get a reference, a fun way to spend yout time, you can do as much or as little as you want.

DisadvantagesYou don't get paid, but sometimes you can claim expenses.

"...a lot out of doing voluntary work. There are a huge range of schemes out there, ranging from overseas work (organisations such as Raleigh International or smaller organisations) where you could be building schools, to local community based projects. There is something suitable for everyone, from painting houses to helping out in after school clubs for kids. As the work is voluntary, usually places are very flexible as to when you can help out and ..." Read review
27.12.2001

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Community Level 5HappyBunny

HappyBunny

Not Just for Little Old Ladies in Oxfam

AdvantagesIncreases Self-esteem; Benefits the community; A way to get into/back to work

DisadvantagesUnpaid (so what!)

"...be a massive advantage – voluntary work looks good on anybody’s CV! Now, let’s fast-forward 6 years… After a period of long-term illness I am getting bored, restless and worried about my future employment with a long period of sickness and as a result, not working for a number of months. A suggestion is made to me by friends and family, “What about voluntary work?” So, off I pop to the local Volunteer ..." Read review
24.04.2002

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Community Level 6timmyotoole

timmyotoole

Get Off Your FAT Backside.

AdvantagesSatisfying, improves the lives of others, teaches you new skills etc.

DisadvantagesTime consuming, requires effort.

"...Can I Get Involved In Voluntary Work.~ Of course there isn’t any real limit to the types of voluntary work to be done. From helping out with disabled people (I for example assisted a one-day scheme called “Kid’s Out” that took disabled children round Chessington World of Adventure), elderly people, youth groups, environmental management, neighbourhood watch, animal welfare, counselling/advice and many other schemes. There are schemes that require ..." Read review
06.04.2002

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Community Level 4rachelkanga

rachelkanga

Why not volunteer?

AdvantagesHas a long reputable history and you could save somebody’s life

DisadvantagesYou don't get paid

"...minimum of 50 hours of voluntary service per year of which 30 hours can be training. If you attend 1 meeting of 1 hour each week for the whole year you will easily cover this but it is hoped that volunteers will offer their time to go to events also. The number of events you cover each year is entirely up to the individual. I still have time to go swimming, take my children to school, shopping, housework, read books, go on this site, take daughter ..." Read review
13.01.2005

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Community Level 5mrpaella

mrpaella

Search for the hero inside yourself

AdvantagesMeeting plenty of like-minded people

DisadvantagesNo financial gain

"...me back down to earth. Voluntary work was the answer. VOLUNTARY WORK From a young age I have always admired those people who gave up their spare time and worked for nothing. I never imagined that I would become one of these volunteers. I spent most of the 1990s doing voluntary work. I feel a much better person after going through the redemption process. I would like to write a few words about my experience of voluntary work. What ..." Read review
08.03.2002

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Community Level 4rlb3

rlb3

Voluntary Work vs Work Experience

AdvantagesPure satisfaction in helping others and self development

DisadvantagesNone

"...this got to do with voluntary work then? That’s simple! If you want to become a veterinary surgeon you have to have a veterinary degree. Surprisingly enough passing a veterinary degree, does not seem to be that much of a problem for the majority of the students. Where as getting a place on the course, is a real challenge! Of course, you are expected to get AAB at A-level in all three sciences (or include Maths instead of Physics), but ..." Read review
24.03.2003

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Community Level 2Segedunum

Segedunum

I was a volunteer

Advantages Satisfaction of helping people, rewarding

Disadvantages Stress, time consuming.

"...their problem. Do try being a voluntary adviser for CAB - it is something you will never forget. ..." Read review
09.02.2007

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Community Level 1s_starling7

s_starling7

CAB Volunteering - an opportunity for everyone

AdvantagesSo much to gain, while helping many others

Disadvantages"so called volunteers don't get paid" (Homer Simpson)

"I have been volunteering for over four years. Which is not bad, considering I originally only intended to stay for a few weeks. I work with the Citizens Advice Bureau, which is a much overlooked volunteering opportunity. Yet it is perfect for anyone who can commit from half a day each week to, almost, a full-time job. Of course, everythings of CAB as having only advisers. This is not the case. Yes, advisers do make up most of the workforce. ..." Read review
20.09.2007

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Community Level 5C_W_Monkey

C_W_Monkey

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Advantagesrewarding, can be fun

Disadvantageslong hours, no pay

"...become a volunteer. --------------------------------------- Voluntary Work --------------------------------------- Ok, so voluntary work is a very wide area, you could be volunteering at your local sports club or helping build a house in africa. But there's one thing that every volunteer has in common, they go above and beyond what is expected of them. Nobody needs to do voluntary work, it wont get you anywhere in your own life. It ..." Read review
02.02.2004

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Community Level 1kelbean

kelbean

I volunteer

AdvantagesGet good things from doing it.

DisadvantagesCan be very demanding in sertain areas

"I am actually a volunteer at The Citizens Advice Bureau. I have been doing it for 9 months now. The bureau is a charity run centre and they get funding from sources such has the council. When you first join the bureau you go through alot of training as you need to have a fair idea of how the bureau runs and what happens in an interview. The training you go through is theory work such has training packs and question and answer packs. You get training ..." Read review
14.09.2005

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