The International Volunteer Day!

Girls choose to volunteer for a variety of reasons. Below are our survey results to find out the reasons and motivation of girls-volunteers:

1. For some it offers the chance to give something back to the community or make a difference to the people around them.

2.For others it provides an opportunity to develop new skills or build on existing experience and knowledge. Regardless of the motivation, what unites them all is that they find it both challenging and rewarding.

3. For some it provides an opportunity to:

  • give something back to an organisation that has impacted on their life, either directly or indirectly

  • make a difference to the lives of others

  • help the environment

  • help others less fortunate or without a voice

  • feel valued and part of a team

  • spend quality time away from busy lifestyle

  • gain confidence and self-esteem.

4. For some girls, volunteering can be a route to employment, or a chance to try something new which may lead to a career change. From this perspective, volunteering can be a way of:

  • gaining new skills, knowledge and experience

  • developing existing skills and knowledge

  • enhancing a CV

  • improving one's employment prospects

  • gaining an accreditation

  • using one's professional skills and knowledge to benefit others (usually described as pro bono).

5.For others, volunteering appeals because of its social benefits. These include:

  • meeting new people and making new friends

  • a chance to socialise

  • getting to know the local community.

Our volunteers tell us that helping out is hugely rewarding. They try new things, have a tonne of fun and really make a difference in the lives of girls and young women.

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