Make a difference YOUR life and to OTHERS!

Volunteering can be exciting, challenging and rewarding. It benefits you and the individuals or the group you are helping. Groups rely on volunteers, so you can make a BIG difference to your community! 

Do you enjoy meeting people?

Are you looking for a change of direction?

Have you thought about volunteering?


Volunteering…

  • improves your self-confidence, wellbeing and self-esteem;
  • helps you meet new people and make new friends;
  • helps you to become an active member of your community;
  • can introduce you to new challenges and learn new skills;
  • values and uses your existing knowledge and expertise;
  • can lead you to a new career path and improves your CV if job hunting.

“Volunteering makes me feel needed, given me a purpose and made me feel part of a team.”


Opportunities include:

  • Befriending/ mentoring;
  • Supporting young or older people;
  • Retail in a charity shop;
  • Supporting people with special needs;
  • Driving;
  • Drug and alcohol support projects;
  • Environmental and conservation;
  • Trustee roles and much more!

Volunteering facts

  • In 2015, volunteering output contributed an estimated £22.6bn to the UK economy. This is equivalent to approximately 1.2% of GDP;
  • In 2016/17, 19.8 million (37%) people in the UK volunteered formally at least once a year and 11.9 million (22%) of people did so at least once a month;
  • There are 165,801 voluntary organisations in the UK, many of whom rely on volunteers;
  • Lots of volunteering also takes place within the public and private sector, e.g. there are an estimated 3 million people volunteering in health and care.

| For more statistics, read more here  |


Contact us

For further details, contact Sharon or Geraint at BAVO's Bridgend Volunteer Centre, T: 01656 810400 or E: [email protected]


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