We all have very busy lives, it can be hard to find time to even think about becoming a volunteer, it doesn’t seem possible that there is time in the day to dedicate to helping others before yourself, right? However, the benefits of volunteering can have a huge impact on you! Volunteering offers crucial help to people in need or worthwhile causes, and your local community, but even more so benefits can be great for you, the volunteer.

Finding the right place to volunteer can help you to make friends, connect to your local community, learn new skills that could advance your career. It reduces stress, helps depression, and can keep you mentally stimulated. Giving up some spare time provides you with a sense of purpose that you can only get from helping others.

Here are some local services always in need for an extra pair of hands

Shed X–The SHEDx project encompasses a range of activities to activate and engage the local community ofKingston, and surrounding areas, to take ownership of their unused and green spaces to help define and improve the future for their town. Utilising original and accessible ideas, The Community Brain are engaging and helping to energise the community; enabling them to shape the future plans for Kingston.  They have also recently set on a collaboration between students from Kingston University, and The Community Brain has resulted in a playground makeover at local primary school!

Oxfam– There are several Oxfam charity shops in Kingston that are always looking for help. Now you may think this is not for you, but the customer service experience alone is a great skill to learn and have on your CV. I recommend everyone works in retail at the starting point of your career, it’s a great insight into dealing with the general public.

Maritime Volunteer Service– If you are a fan of the river in Kingston then this one is for you. They are a dedicated team that patrol our stretch of the Thames to keep us all safe. Along with life experienced you can also get many qualifications with them.

Volunteeringkingston.org– This website will help you find all other community-based volunteer work available in Kingston Upon Thames.

While it’s true what they say. “The more you give the better you will feel”, that doesn’t mean volunteering has to involve a long-term commitment or take a huge amount of time out of your busy day.