Why do people volunteer?
People choose to volunteer for a variety of reasons. For some it offers the chance to give something back to the community or make a difference to the people around them. For others it provides an opportunity to develop new skills or build on existing experience and knowledge. Some people enjoy the meaning it brings them as well as the new friends. What unites them all is that they find it interesting and rewarding.
Research has shown that volunteering improves:
- self-rated health
- mental health
- life satisfaction
- social interaction
- healthy behaviours
- coping ability.
There is also evidence that volunteers can make a BIG difference to the health and well-being of service users, including increased self-esteem, illness management and acceptance, parenting skills and improved mental health.
Regardless of your reasons for volunteering, we want to ensure that you and OLLE get the most out of the experience. We’d be delighted to hear from you so please do get in touch!
OLLIE works hard to ensure donations received are used effectively and towards reducing youth suicide. We are very mindful of how we use the public’s donations and do everything we can to keep our core running costs as low as possible. To that end, we’ve created a volunteer working committee to manage some of the day-to-day tasks as well as special projects for the charity. Committee members will themselves be supported by a committee made up of people who perhaps have less time to offer but the skills and or enthusiasm for that particular work.
The working committee is overseen by our Operations Manager and our CEO and is currently comprised of four teams; Fundraising and Events, Training, Volunteers and Marketing.
If you are interested to volunteer with OLLIE, please contact us and ask for the role description for the area that appeals to you.
Please complete our volunteers form so we can get to know you and get you enrolled as a volunteer.
We know lots of people would love to volunteer but just don’t have the time. So, we have created a structure for ad-hoc volunteering. If you register as a Charity Champion we will let you know about one off events where we need an extra pair of hands for an hour or so, or those one off admin tasks that sometimes come up.
For instance, lots of amazing people organise fundraisers on our behalf and where ever possible we go along and support, this is very important to us. Charity Champions can play a large part in helping ensure we are able to provide that support. You can do this on the day helping out at an event or perhaps before or after with some of the associated admin tasks. It can be a one-off donation of your time or you join our bank of volunteers that we call on when needed.
We will run informal group training sessions for our volunteers so you can feel confident and knowledgeable when talking about OLLIE’s work, our aims and our key messages. These sessions will be run face to face in groups and on line.