Editorial comment: Volunteering can help you stand out

PUBLISHED: 21:00 30 May 2018

Barry Dryland (centre-right) and fellow volunteers at Saint Francis Hospice. Picture: SAINT FRANCIS HOSPICE

Barry Dryland (centre-right) and fellow volunteers at Saint Francis Hospice. Picture: SAINT FRANCIS HOSPICE

Saint Francis Hospice

Volunteering is an important part of society but something we probably undervalue.

Without an army of volunteers up and down the country many hospitals, schools and charities would simply not function effectively. And while they would survive without them the services available would suffer and the human touch of kindness would not be as obvious.

Practically every service we access in our daily lives has some sort of charitable element to it and National Volunteers’ Week shines a spotlight on this.

Whether it’s the volunteers at hospices like Saint Francis Hospice offering personal support and inspiration to families and bolstering fundraising efforts or the school Parents Teacher Association, responsible for organising local school fetes and support for school trips, every aspect has a part to play.

And while our lives are revolving more and more around me, me, me with social media fuelling our craving for attention it’s important, if you can, to give something back and support others.

Volunteering is something entwined in the fabric of our society.

I don’t judge people who don’t volunteer. At this moment in my life I don’t have time to commit but I have done previously, spending some of my youth volunteering at a hospital radio station.

Whether you’re young or old, whatever religion you follow, male or female, volunteering holds no barriers.

And for jobseekers, adding a volunteering element to your CV will help you stand out from the crowd.

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