The value of volunteering
David Cameron’s choice of job after leaving Downing Street says much about his view of volunteering. The former Prime Minister announced this week that he is to chair the National Citizen Service, a programme that gets teenagers volunteering in their local community.
But it’s not just newly-retired Prime Ministers who value volunteering. Millions of Britons volunteer every year: more than half of us are thought to have done some kind of voluntary work.
Few things benefit both individuals and society more obviously than volunteering. Voluntary work allows the volunteer to give back to their community, while also boosting their self-confidence and sense of self-fulfilment. Employers value volunteering too.