Richard's story

About Richard. Picture of Richard, smiling, wearing a red t-shirt, with zebras running in the background
I'm curious about life, interested in trying new things and keen to make a positive impact on the world, however small. I have a real passion for the outdoors and regularly need to hug a tree as an antidote to life in the big city.

Why did you decide to volunteer?
I've been volunteering for years in one way or another as it helps me to give something back to the world I live in and gives me a perspective on my own life. One of the great benefits of volunteering is meeting inspiring people, learning new things and gaining experience. It’s great for the CV too!

Who do you help through volunteering?
Over the years I've done a wide range of things from teaching in Africa to surveying coral reefs in Fiji. More locally I've helped a local third sector organisation secure capital funding to help them expand, written a strategy for another to secure ongoing financial support and, most recently, developed an outcomes framework for a community organisation.

How has volunteering helped you?
Volunteering has really helped me to develop new skills and broaden my horizons. Having the opportunity to volunteer was a real lifesaver while I was looking for paid work. It gave me back my self-esteem and gave me the confidence I needed. It also helped me to understand so much about the local community I live in, something that has changed me forever.

What would you say to potential volunteers?
If you have a skill and want to share it, or you want to learn a skill but are finding it hard to get through your work then volunteering could be for you. The range of things you can get involved in is huge and you'll definitely meet some great people along the way.
Are you ready to get involved?
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