Many people experience hardship in their lives and, due to the pandemic, this is even more prevalent. Unfortunately, not-for-profits and charitable organisations that provide support for people in need are also experiencing difficulties as a result of these unparalleled times. Now more than ever, volunteers are needed to help provide the assistance that so many desperately require. And that’s where the Volunteer Expo Online helps.
What Is the Volunteer Expo Online?
According to the website, the Volunteer Expo Online is “the national event to connect volunteers, organisations and the charity sector to harness the power of volunteering”.
Hosted by the Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland – one of the world’s leading membership and humanitarian service organisations – the expo aims to help people find meaningful opportunities to volunteer that suit their interests and time commitments.
Regardless of whether you’re keen to volunteer or already do so, the Volunteer Expo provides an immersive and interactive event that lets you network with peers and develop personal skills, turning your passion for helping those in need into action.
At The Army Cadets Force, we understand how many people who volunteer love to ‘give something back’, find a worthwhile hobby or get to know the local community.
There are many benefits of volunteering, including:
- Helping those in need, whether they are individual people or charities
- Making a difference to someone’s life
- Increasing confidence by trying out something new and gaining a sense of achievement
- Learning new skills
- Taking on a new challenge
- Finding a meaningful hobby and a purpose
- Connecting with the community
- Meeting new people and socialise
- Having fun
Who Should Attend the Volunteer Expo?
Volunteering isn’t limited to a specific age or those with particular skillsets; all volunteers are different but united in their sense of adventure and thoughtfulness. This is the same for people who attend the Volunteer Expo, where it is believed that you are never too young to get involved with doing good in a community. While adults are able to network and find new ways to volunteer, the family-friendly event also provides activities for children and young people.
For businesses and organisations looking to get involved, employees can gain Continuing Professional Development, while the business enhances its corporate social responsibility programmes.
Why You Should Attend and How To Do It
This year, the Volunteer Expo is taking place virtually in light of Covid-19 between 9:30am and 5pm, Friday 7th May Saturday 8th May – you can book your tickets online here. The event will still feature an array of inspirational speakers and over 60 virtual exhibition stands, including The Army Cadet Force – one of the country’s largest voluntary youth organisations, with over 39,000 cadets (aged 12-18).
Volunteering with The ACF allows you to learn new skills, undertake new challenges, and gain qualifications while improving your mental and physical strength, and although we already have thousands of enthusiastic adult volunteers to help guide and inspire our cadets, we still need more. Register as an adult volunteer today to find out the difference The Army Cadet Force can make for you and what you can do for others.