Getting involved in charity work is one of the most meaningful and valuable ways that you can spend your time. It provides an opportunity for you to make a meaningful impact on society, contribute to important causes and also create a sense of community. Whether you’re looking to volunteer your time or are looking at how you can get involved in charity work via part/full-time work in the nonprofit sector, you can make a significant difference. Getting involved in charity work is also a rewarding experience that offers a range of benefits for yourself, as well as the project you get involved in.  

Here at Seashell, we rely heavily on our volunteers and those looking to get involved in meaningful charity work. In this blog, we will explore the different ways you can get involved in charity work, what the benefits are, and the roles available working with a renowned charitable organisation committed to making a difference in the lives of those with complex learning difficulties such as Seashell.

Seashell worker doing activities with child

How can I get involved in charity work?

If you’re wondering ‘How can I get involved in charity work’ then here are some of our top tips to help you find a charity that means something to you and some of the ways that you may be able to support a cause or organisation.

Volunteer your time

One of the most accessible and impactful ways that you can get involved in charity work is by volunteering. This is a great way to contribute your time, skills and energy to causes that you feel passionate about. There are many different volunteer opportunities available, from one-time roles to ongoing commitments. But where to start?

Identify your passion

Begin by looking for causes that resonate with your values and mean something special to you. Whether you’re passionate about environmental conservation, helping vulnerable people or a local organisation has helped you or a family member in the past, you’ll enjoy it a whole lot more if it is close to your heart.

Research local organisation

Once you have an idea of the field or industry you’d like to get involved with, you should look into local charities or non-profit organisations that align with your chosen cause. A great way to do this is by attending events, exploring online platforms or contacting an organisation directly to seek information about their volunteer programme.

Attend volunteer orientations

Once you’ve found the charity or organisation you’d like to support we recommend immersing yourself wherever possible. From attending volunteer orientations, informational sessions or even volunteer social events, you can get insight into an organisation’s goals and missions. This will also give you an idea of how your contributions could make a difference.

Dedicate your time regularly

The key to a successful volunteering position is consistency. When volunteering with disabled children, you must be prepared to dedicate your time regularly. This will help you build meaningful relationships with the organisations and individuals you assist within your role.

Get involved with us

If you’re looking for unique and impactful involvement in charity work then we have many diverse volunteer roles available here at Seashell, including paid roles. We are a prominent charity that is dedicated to supporting children and young adults with complex learning difficulties, disabilities and additional communication needs across the UK. Here are some of our key roles:

Activity Assistant

This role is all about organising and facilitating recreational and educational activities for the individuals we work with. This can include various activities including arts and crafts, sports, mindful activities and any other fun or engaging activities.

Event Volunteer

At Seashell we hold a whole host of events and fundraisers and are always looking for volunteers to help organise and run these events. Volunteering for these occasions allows individuals to contribute to our success by helping with coordination, logistics and participant engagement.

The benefits of charity work

Choosing to get involved in charity work or volunteering has its own set of unique rewards, both for yourself and for the cause or organisation you get involved with. Check out one of our articles which explores some of the reasons why you should work in the charity sector, either as a volunteer or in a paid role.

Skill enhancement

Getting involved in charity work provides opportunities for you to develop and refine various skills. These can range from general skills, such as teamwork, communication and problem-solving, to more specific skills within your career – such as event planning or gaining experience working with children with learning difficulties.

You can find out more about what skills volunteering at Seashell can give you as skill enhancement through charity work can help you both in your professional and personal life. Get in touch today to find out more about the work we do at seashell and to secure a role working with us.