The power of volunteering
TFN events aren't all about the funding - our audiences are incredibly generous with their money, but many are increasingly offering their time and skills as well. We asked TFN member David Coles, who is also LSE Volunteer Centre Manage, about his experience.
David said, “The benefits of volunteering are many: being connected to a community, learning about a social problem, making a difference, gaining new skills, meeting new people, living longer and being more attractive to other people are just a few!
“Many TFN members have valuable expertise. Can you build a website? Are you an accountant? Do you have experience of running a campaign? Skills such as these can be the difference between success and failure for small charities.”
If you’re thinking about volunteering, finding the right organisation and role is really important. David suggests asking your self these questions to help pick the right one:
- What causes are you really passionate about?
- What skills do you have to offer? And which would you like to develop?
- How much time do you have to offer?
Having answers to these will help you find the perfect opportunity. So next time you put your hand up to pledge, why not consider giving your time as well? It’s as simply as ticking a box on your pledge form!
TFN relies on committed volunteers to deliver some vital elements of our own work. Richard Sved has been running TFN Herts for the last four years.
Richard said: “I volunteered to set up and run TFN in Hertfordshire, because I wanted to learn from, share the passion of, and hopefully support local people doing extraordinary things in my local area. I’ve found it truly inspirational, at times very moving, and often joyous, particularly when we total up how much we’ve raised – over (insert amount). Not bad for a small group of committed volunteers!”
If you’d like to find out more about how you can offer your time and skills to TFN or one of the charities we support, speak to a member of the team at your next event or drop us an email.
At the LSE, David helps connect students and alumni with charities. If you’re looking to recruit volunteers check out how they can help.
Richard runs TFN Herts and is the Founder of 3rd Sector Mission Control.