This week is Volunteers Week which celebrates the contribution made by millions of volunteers across the UK to a variety of charities or every day to day activities, whilst hoping reaching out to others to get involved. I'm curious whether any of my readers are volunteers themselves? please do share your stories of Volunteering with everyone!

People volunteer for a whole variety of different reasons. Some see it as a great opportunity to give something back to the community or because they'd like to contribute to making a different to the people that surround them. It is also seen as an opportunity to develop new skills or building on those experiences and knowledge that already exist in somebody. Whatever their motivation to volunteer, what unites them altogether is that they find the experience challengingenjoyable and rewarding.

I have volunteered for a variety of things since I was in my first year of university (I may have done some prior to this but this is my most vivid memory) and a lot of them have been dance/community based. I have done a lot of things to fuel my CV ready for the professional world but also because I thoroughly enjoy the experience and skills that it provides me as an individual. I have volunteered for specific charities like LOROS in the past too (I wish I had time to do more of this as I thoroughly enjoyed working with them) and have also volunteered for locals events too. I couldn't urge individuals who read this to do it more!

I still volunteer now as I believe that they're so effective in bulking out that CV of yours, engaging you with new people and meeting new friends ( I have met so many wonderful people through my times volunteering and of whom I consider good friends!) I have just finished being a Team Leader for Spark Arts' Festival in Leicester as well as continuing to be the Social Media Manager for WDSA UK 18 months on from starting. I really enjoy contributing to new things and I have learnt so many new skills by getting involved, some of which have contributed to the development of my blog. You must not feel if you volunteer you should give up all your free hours but a couple of hours can be just as effective and rewarding as a role which has you working more than giving your time 2 nights a week, especially if it's within the community. Imagine all the people you'll meet and the stories you'll share between you.

There are so many opportunities out there awaiting for willing people to give something back.

I've left you with some links to some places I think if you’re interested or considering starting some volunteering over the summer period (as it's the perfect time right?!) you should definitely check out, let me know how you get on! You can help anywhere with your local Girlguide group, Theatre, Care Home, Charity or whether you'd like some hands on experience in your chosen profession. The opportunity window is so big and waiting for you to open. There’s even opportunities to source opportunities through your local student union, I knew this existed a lot when I was at university and I know there are some great organisations and charities collaborating to young people through those communications.

thanks for reading,