As a Co-operative Council we believe our residents have an important role to play in volunteering and supporting the local community.
Becoming a volunteer can be personally rewarding and help you to 'give something back' to your community, examples of just some of the ways you can volunteer are:
- caring for a friend or member of the family
- caring for animals and wildlife
- setting up a volunteer scheme at your workplace
- spending time mentoring and befriending a young person
- working outdoors to improve the environment
- working on local community projects
- becoming a school or college governor
As a volunteer you can give your time to help charities and community groups make a difference, but volunteering can also provide you with many benefits too, including:
- the chance to have fun doing something you've never tried before
- increased confidence
- a sense of satisfaction and achievement
- the opportunity to make new friends and contacts with diverse backgrounds and experiences
- increased job and career prospects and new skills - over 70 per cent of employers would hire a candidate with volunteering experience over someone who has never volunteered
We believe that encouraging volunteering is a key part of how we can work more co-operatively and we have recently introduced a new policy 'Volunteering and Volunteers'; which provides advice and guidance on how the Council will work with and support volunteers working in Council services and employees who are volunteers.
A Volunteer Handbook is also available which gives some information on what it means to be a volunteer with the Council.
Funding and grants
If you are a voluntary group or charity and are looking for some support or funding we would advise you take advice and guidance from Telford and Wrekin CVS.