There are 4 basic steps to beginning volunteering:
Step 1 – Think about what you’re looking for…
Asking yourself a few basic questions before your visit to VCS Cardiff should help clarify what voluntary work you are looking for:
- How much time do I have and when would I be available?
- What sort of groups would I be interested in working with?
- What interests and experience do I bring?
- Do I prefer working one-to-one or in larger groups?
- What do I want out of the volunteering experience? (Fun? New skills?)
Step 2 – Visit the VCS Cardiff Volunteer Centre or book an outreach appointment…
The Volunteer Centre is open from Monday to Friday (between 10am and 1pm on Mondays & Thursdays and between 1pm and 4pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays & Fridays) – there’s no need for an appointment. We are based on the Ground Floor of Brunel House in Cardiff City Centre and has full disabled access.
We recommend you allow about half an hour for a friendly and informal consultation with an experienced member of the VCS Cardiff team. Your time will be spent chatting about what voluntary work you’re looking for, being shown various options and taking time to browse through the registered volunteering opportunities at you own leisure if you wish to.
If you would like to browse the voluntary work available in Cardiff before you see us go to www.volunteering-wales.net
Step 3 – Get in touch with your chosen organisation
If you find your perfect project straight away then that’s great! We’ll try to make contact with the organisation there and then and arrange for them to send you an information pack or for you to visit the project to see what you think. Some people prefer to take some information away and think about it before contacting the organisation directly themselves. Others may visit us a couple of times before they make their decision.