Volunteering at Signpost
What do Volunteers Do?
Working with Volunteers is an integral part of what we do here at Signpost. You will be directly helping people to navigate out of their current situation. Empowerment is the goal and this can take many forms: It could be helping with a CV or job application, supporting IT or literacy and numeracy skills or simply being a listening ear. Over the years we have consistently seen Volunteers make a significant impact on people’s lives for the better.
Volunteers work at all levels of Signpost: Supporting and helping our Beneficiaries is the most visible activity but we are overseen and led by a Board of Trustees who are all Volunteers.
What Qualifications Do I Need?
Any skills or experience you bring will no doubt find a way into the difference you make. In many cases this is life experience which can be most effective. Many of our Beneficiaries have suffered protracted and difficult experiences from Long Term Unemployment to Mental and Physical Health issues. As long as you can bring an understanding, sensitive, and positive approach then you can make a difference here.
Some Volunteers bring technical expertise in teaching, IT or any of the many things that can help people to take control of their own destiny.
Others may bring Professional, Leadership or Management Experience which can be put to good use within our Trustee Board.
What is in it for Me?
Volunteers are not simply employees who do it for free!
When asked, many Volunteers will say that they are “Giving something back” or “It’s the right thing to do.” This selfless approach is good but there is more:
Experience, new skills, something on your CV, a reference. These are all tangible benefits of Volunteering. However, some of the intangibles are not to be underestimated: Routine, Structure, Meaningful Activity, Social Contact are all important to many people who have the time to Volunteer. Whether you are struggling to find a way out of unemployment or retired with fewer financial needs, these intangible benefits are the real payoff from Volunteering. If you need a credible academic explanation this is described very well by Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs.
It shouldn’t cost you anything to give your services for free so Mileage and Expenses are paid.