People volunteer at different times of their lives for different reasons:
you might want to give something back to your local community or a particular group which helped you at a difficult time in your life
you might want to meet new friends
you may be unemployed/looking for a new career direction/have been made redundant so want to learn new skills and keep yourself active
you could have experiences and skills you’d like to pass on to others.
It’s flexible - you decide how much you want to do and when, taking into account the other commitments you have in your life.
Although you won’t be paid, there are other rewards for volunteering:
building up confidence and self-esteem
meeting people in similar circumstances
learning transferable skills
trying out new experiences
helping others as well as yourself
and very often, having a lot of fun!
There are many training opportunities you can access as a volunteer, it shouldn’t affect your benefits and many volunteer organisations offer out-of-pocket expenses. And it looks good on your CV - many employers look very favourably on volunteering experience.