Volunteering can be described as giving your time and energy freely and by choice without concern for financial gain. It can describe hundreds of different activities that people choose to do to benefit or support others in the community. The word volunteering is used for a range of activities such as community service, self-help, charity, neighbourliness, citizenship, public service, community action, community involvement, trustee, member, helper.
People volunteer at different times of their lives for different reasons:
It’s flexible - you decide how much you want to do and when, taking into account the other commitments you have in your life.
Although you will not be paid, there are other rewards for volunteering: