While this sector is supported by many volunteers, there are many highly rewarding career paths available. Many roles overlap with Social Care, providing support and assistance to the most vulnerable in society. There are many other activities engaged in, such as supporting community life and advocating for good causes. People working in this sector will often have great passion for the cause they work on and empathy for the people they work with.
Are you someone motivated by people rather than money? Community work could be broadly defined as work that isn’t primarily about making money and instead is about helping the people around you.
Charities can have a variety of goals: to relieve poverty, educate people, religious goals or to provide some benefit to a community. A key aspect is that they are non-profit in nature.
Advocacy is having your voice heard. People in society have many different perspectives on issues, and in an open society they can make these perspectives heard through advocating for their views on policies, elections or business practices.
Social enterprises will engage in commercial activities by creating products or providing services, but any profits generated will be put back into the organisation, so they can continue giving back to the community.
There are many reasons to volunteer, whether it’s a desire to help people, a way to meet people or wanting to contribute to something meaningful. It’s also worth remembering that volunteering can help your career, showing you’re a well-rounded active person and even developing your skillset.