Our Volunteering Co-ordinator Nick Linney explains what it means to be a volunteer with Wimbledon Guild and how volunteering can open up new opportunities and avenues.
Q: What are the benefits of volunteering? Are there any unexpected benefits?
A: Many people choose to volunteer because they want to make a difference in peopleís lives. They want to make a positive impact in their communities, and volunteering is a great way to be able to connect to other people. When you choose to volunteer, not only are you helping someone else, but the volunteer gets a lot out of it too. It can be anything from gaining confidence, learning new skills, meeting new people and generally having fun! We have volunteers from all over the world and many of them come to us hoping to improve their English skills. I think it is important for volunteers to have opportunities to learn and improve skills. Volunteering can help with future career prospects, and boost confidence, in ways they might not have thought of and even discover hidden talents!
Q: Can anyone volunteer? What attributes do you look for in a volunteer?
A: Just about everyone can volunteer! While we do have some age-restricted roles, we have a wide range of activities and services we provide, and there are many options to best suit someoneís interest and abilities. Most of our roles donít require any previous experience, just an open mind, a positive attitude, and a desire to help other people. We are a social charity, so a willingness to get involved and help create a comfortable environment for our customers is important.
Q: What can someone expect if they volunteer?
A: When someone chooses to volunteer with the Wimbledon Guild, they join a great team of volunteers with full support from staff members. Whatever role someone might choose, volunteers are helping to improve the lives of people in Merton. Along with a full induction and training, we have an annual volunteersí barbecue in the summer, our Christmas party, and opportunities to meet other volunteers. We also reimburse travel costs for volunteers, making it easy to visit someone within Merton or coming to help in our Activity Lounge.
Q: Is there anything you'd like to add or I should know about?
A: We are always looking for volunteers, so if people are interested, please get in touch. Our community garden project is useful for corporate groups of up to 10 or so people, and itís a great day for team building and getting some exercise.
To meet with Nick to discuss how you could become part of the Wimbledon Guild volunteering family please email Nick.