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Could you volunteer through Somerset Skills Bank?

Jan 22, 2020

Boost your career, your wellbeing and your community through Somerset Skills Bank

As we enter a new year and a new decade, many of us are thinking about our personal and professional development. Maybe you’ve signed up for a marathon, or a new qualification. But have you thought about volunteering?

For many, volunteering means sorting through donations to charity shops or helping with fundraising. These are great ways to lend your support, but one of the greatest gifts you can give to small, local charities is your skills and expertise.

Somerset Skills Bank is an exciting new initiative set up by local charities Somerset Community Foundation, Spark, and Engage, that aims to encourage volunteers to share their unique talents with local charities.

Whether you can spare just a few hours or commit to more sustained, longer-term support, the Somerset Skills Bank team can match you to a charity that will complement your skills, location and interests. You can volunteer in three main ways:

  • Expert Skills Workshops: deliver a short workshop on a specialist subject, such as  digital marketing, health and safety, or strategy development
  • Specialist mentoring: give your time on an ad hoc basis to mentor charities through specific projects or challenges. This may range from how to improve their finance systems to how to create a new website or navigate an aspect of charity law
  • Become a charity Trustee: many local charities face huge struggles recruiting Trustees – particularly those with specialist skills such as Law, HR, Marketing and Finance. Being a Trustee is a great opportunity for experienced or aspiring leaders to give back to the local community and gain new insights and experience that will support you in your career

Your support will help to keep our local charities strong and effective and help them make an even bigger difference in our communities. What’s more, research shows that those who volunteer frequently have higher levels of mental health and emotional wellbeing, improved quality of life and life satisfaction. So giving back is good for you, you career and your community – win win!

To find out more and join the Skills Bank, click here.


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