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Excellent

Prolearn first aid, meet new people, youth organisati...

Consdon't get paid, may be unpleasant people or situa...

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...

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Excellent

“Why not volunteer?”

published 13/01/2005

ProHas a long reputable history and you could save so...

ConsYou don't get paid

I am not going to preach to everybody who reads this that I am wonderful because I have been a volunteer for 20 years and most of you have never even volunteered for 20 minutes. I for one am not above criticism so I am usually the last person to dish it out, everybody is entitled to choose their...

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Super

“Volunteering in the NHS”

published 02/09/2007

ProGreat work experience, giving something back to th...

ConsMay be boring, co-workers may not be very pleasant...

When I was studying for my A-Levels I was thinking about careers and I looked at being a nurse or a midwife. So I applied to my 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...

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Excellent

ProPure satisfaction in helping others and self devel...

ConsNone

Although, I am not a vegetarian, I absolutely love animals. If you share this passion - the thought of becoming a Vet will have crossed your mind at least once in your life. However, for most people this is just a phase, because the idea of helping a cow give birth and then having to eat your...

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Super

“I was a volunteer”

published 09/02/2007

Pro Satisfaction of helping people, rewarding

Cons Stress, time consuming.

**** Introduction **** Looking for something rewarding (not necessarily paid) and that did not tie me down, I responded to a Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) advert in my local newspaper and arranged an interview. **** Joining CAB and training **** The interview explored mainly whether you could deal...

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Super

“To work, or not to work?”

published 17/08/2014

ProUpdate skills.

ConsNo money.

I recently lost my job after only being in it for about two and a half months, and was a bit stuck on what to do in the meantime whilst I was looking for another one. A friend of mine manages the cafe that is run by the church I go to, and although it is run as a financial business (so almost a...

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Super

“All in a good cause”

published 05/07/2001

Procan be very meaningful and rewarding...

Conscan be thankless and underpaid!

Have you ever wanted to work for an organisation who’s mission is a cause rather than a bottom-line? Since early campaigning work with pressure groups I had always envied people who had salaried positions with charities and other voluntary organisations. It seemed to me the perfect way to...

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Super

ProThe chance to give something back, gain new skills...

ConsNo pay, sometimes long hours, "problem" clients

Don’t worry – this op isn’t going to be a pile of piffle about what a fantastic person I am because I volunteer, or why you’re all a bunch of lazy lay-abouts because you don’t, so please, read on. A UCAS form started it all, or rather the dread of an impending one...

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Super

“Would YOU Work For Nothing”

published 27/12/2001

ProValuable work experience, you get a reference, a f...

ConsYou don't get paid, but sometimes you can claim ex...

Ok, so you don't get paid. But you can get 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...

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Excellent

ProIncreases Self-esteem; Benefits the community; A w...

ConsUnpaid (so what!)

I hate the word volunteer, when referring to volunteering per se. It gives me the impression that any other work is done through coercion and ultimatums. It’s also a very weak word. ‘Volunteer’. Kids volunteer to be monitors at school (no milk, Maggie, no milk!). I might...

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Excellent

ProMeeting plenty of like-minded people

ConsNo financial gain

WRITTEN March 2002 INTRODUCTION I mentioned in my last review the trials and tribulations of being an analyst/programmer. It got to the stage where my life was simply work, sleep, work, sleep etc. I was turning into a Gordon Gecko type character (from the film ‘Wall Street’). My sole...

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Excellent

“Get Off Your FAT Backside.”

published 06/04/2002

ProSatisfying, improves the lives of others, teaches ...

ConsTime consuming, requires effort.

Yes I’m talking to YOU. You that gets up halfway through the day at weekends before eating croissants for breakfast, settling in a warm bath for a couple of hours, sipping at cocktails and making polite conversation before finally settling down to a humongous lunch. You could be doing something...

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Excellent

ProSo much to gain, while helping many others

Cons"so called volunteers don't get paid" (Homer Simps...

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...

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Excellent

Prorewarding, can be fun

Conslong hours, no pay

------------------------- Updates ------------------------- I've neatened up the paragraphs a bit, made it easier to read. Added information about how me + the kids are getting on at the bottom. Added some pictures of kids, mentors and the centre. Also added bit of info on how to become a...

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Excellent

“I volunteer”

published 14/09/2005

ProGet good things from doing it.

ConsCan 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...

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