National Volunteer Week

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  • Posted on June 2, 2017

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…. Meet Purvi who is making a difference at ACT

Volunteers’ Week was established in the UK in 1984. It is now an event which takes place at the start of June each year to recognise the contribution made by millions of people who volunteer in their communities across the UK. It is supported and celebrated by charities and organisations, whether small, large or grassroots, who together run hundreds of events across the UK and carry out charitable services, national and international.

People from a variety of backgrounds choose to volunteer for many different 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. Regardless of the motivation, one thing that unites most volunteers is that they find it challenging and rewarding. Volunteering can add a great deal to your life and the lives of people and causes for which you volunteer. It offers you a chance to become involved in a project or with an Organisation you care about as well as an opportunity to meet new and like-minded people, step outside of your comfort zone and be a part of something that matters. Organisations benefit from the input of volunteers by gaining a new and valued perspective on their work as well as the precious resource of time. Even a small commitment can have a lasting effect.

Volunteering with ACT

At ACT, volunteering is a mutually beneficial relationship where the volunteer commits time and effort for the benefit of ACT, complementing the work of a very small number of paid staff. ACT is a volunteer led charity and currently has eight volunteers and only two paid staff.  In this way we are able to minimise our overhead costs. Our volunteers range from people of different ages, faith and backgrounds. They include undergraduates who simply like what we do and want to be part of it, new graduates who join us as interns for a fixed time period looking to gain experience, retirees who have time to spare and want to give back in a meaningful way and professional people in full time jobs volunteering their time to support our work in their free time from outside of the ACT office.

Our volunteers give the charity as much time as they can afford. In turn they are given opportunity to undertake different assignments, depending on their interests, experience and knowledge.

ACT Volunteer – Purvi Maniar

“I decided to volunteer for ACT because it offered me a chance to give something back to the community, and provide an opportunity for me to develop some new skills and gain experience.”

Purvi Maniar came to the UK from India with her husband, an IT specialist and their two very young children about ten years ago. Although she had a university degree, she felt she needed to stay home to bring up her children in her new environment. When her kids were old enough to go to school, she found she had spare time during the day that she could offer as a volunteer. In September 2014 she was introduced to ACT by a friend who was then volunteering with ACT. She applied and was offered a role in Data Administration. Purvi’s tasks include entering new records into the database and managing updates as part of our Supporter Care work. Purvi work’s two half days each week and takes time-off during school half-term and school holidays to be with her children at home.

In recent times, she has also started learning and getting involved in bookkeeping with our Finance team.

“I am building new skills, meeting new people, gaining confidence, taking on new challenges and most importantly – having fun!”

Her advice to anyone thinking about volunteering is to look for an organisation where you will feel valued and be offered meaningful tasks to help you develop yourself, so that you can give back good work to the organisation.

“ACT is a fantastic organisation to work with; good experience, nice people to communicate with, learning and upgrading yours skill sets.”

Find out more about the work ACT is doing, here.

Contact us to find out more about volunteering with ACT, click here.

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