Volunteering and the difference it makes

At Community Network we work hard to create volunteering experiences that offer people an opportunity to gain some positive, in return for the time, skills and effort they give. Volunteering can improve self-worth, increase confidence and can help people to gain paid employment.

Ryan, aged 21 joined the team in November 2013 as a volunteer administrator. He was really keen to get a job but lacked the work experience many employers were looking for.

“It seemed like a good way to gain skills and I thought it would be good to help a charity out.”

During his time with Community Network, Ryan’s communication skills improved and he found himself becoming more confident. He was also able to do a wide range of tasks, including collecting mail, data entry, answer phones and use software such as Salesforce.
Although sad to see him go, we were all delighted when Ryan recently secured an apprenticeship in administration. Ryan felt that his time with Community Network had helped him to find work.

“It just shows that voluntary work can make all the difference!”