What is Volunteering?
Volunteering is 'the giving of time and energy through a third party, which can bring measurable benefits to the volunteer, individual beneficiaries, groups and organisations, communities, environment and society at large. It is a choice undertaken of one's own free will, and is not motivated primarily for financial gain or for a wage or salary' - Scottish Government
Did you know that volunteering can help you by:
- Giving you relevant, recent work experience to put on your CV
- Giving you work experience in different environments
- Demonstrating that you are reliable and can work with others
- Building your confidence
- Getting you a recent reference
Fife Voluntary Action provide practical and one-to-one support to individuals wishing to volunteer as part of their journey back to employment, training or further education. You'll be amazed at the variety of options available, and there really is something for everyone! Volunteering is a great way of increasing your social circles as well as gaining practical work experience.
Volunteering does not affect your benefits as long as you follow the conditions attached to the benefit(s) you receive. Expenses claimed while volunteering are not classed as earnings so they will not affect your benefits either.
With offices throughout the Fife area, there is someone locally that can support you to access volunteering.
To browse current volunteering opportunities, please visit http://www.fifevoluntaryaction.org.uk/volopps.asp
To read about people who have progressed in their lives as a result of volunteering, please view our Good News Stories