Across the UK there are around thousands of people working for CAP in all sorts of different roles, from frontline workers visiting clients to those tirelessly running our group services to the staff at CAP HQ in Bradford. Many of these roles are voluntary and done by people willing to give up their time, energy and skills just to do great things in their communities. Every year, 1 to 7 June marks national Volunteers’ Week, when charities and organisations recognise and celebrate the huge difference volunteers make.
I’m especially happy to hear that volunteers are getting recognised for the hard work they do all year round (for free!) because, well, I volunteer as a writer here at CAP myself. So hooray for volunteers everywhere! And hooray for CAP volunteers! Give yourselves a pat on the back because we are awesome!
When I came out of university I had a first class degree in creative writing, but I was unemployed and I didn’t have any experience doing practical, regular work that involved using the skills I’d gained. This left me feeling pretty hopeless. Being able to volunteer for CAP was a great way to get that experience and seeing my skills put to use for a worthy cause was a real boost to my confidence too.
Coming to CAP HQ to volunteer is one of the things I look forward to every week. It’s a really fun place to work and the people were friendly, kind and welcoming, right from the beginning. Every week is always a laugh.
I hope that this year you’ll join in with the Volunteers’ Week events that are happening all over the country and on social media because, as well as celebrating volunteers, it’s about encouraging new ones. Now is as good a time as any to start thinking about what you, your church or someone you know could do to help out a charity or project in your community.
CAP is always on the lookout for more helpers and there are several ways to get involved.
You might want to work long term, volunteering regularly on however many days a week you’re free – you could do this at CAP HQ if you’re based near Bradford or at a local CAP centre near you. You might want to focus on being a cheerleader for CAP and spreading the word about what we do to others – if so, check out our CAP Ambassadors scheme. Or you might want to help us out by organising your own project or challenge and raising vital funds. Whatever time and talents you’ve got, CAP will be happy to find a place for you.
And don’t worry, you don’t need to be a brilliant expert on money and debt to be a part of CAP! You’ll be surrounded by people who will be happy to answer any questions you have.
So, if you have useful experience and free time in your week, volunteering could be a great way to put your skills to use and keep them fine-tuned. With the summer holidays coming up, why not also encourage the teenagers and young adults in your life to use their free time to get some work experience? Not only could this prove invaluable when they’re trying to bulk out their CVs, but it’ll also make for a slightly quieter summer for you!
If you’d like to sign up to volunteer with CAP you can search for a CAP centre in your area here and contact them to see what’s available. Is fundraising more your thing? Click here to find out how you can help raise money for CAP.