Why get involved?

People choose to volunteer with Romsey Young Carers for many reasons. For some it offers the chance to give something back to the community. For others it provides an opportunity to develop new skills or build on existing experience and knowledge. Regardless of the motivation, what unites them all is that they find it both challenging and rewarding.

You’ll be giving something back

With Romsey Young Carers you have the chance to give something back that can have a real and life long impact on a young persons life. Sometimes the impact you make will be very direct, other times it may be indirect - but you will be making a real difference to young carers' lives. Further, by volunteering at Romsey Young Carers you will not only be making a difference to young carers' lives but also to the lives of their families as well.

Volunteering connects you to others

One of the better-known benefits of volunteering is the impact on the community. Unpaid volunteers are often the glue that holds a community together. Volunteering allows you to connect to your community and make it a better place. Dedicating your time as a volunteer helps you make new friends, expand your network, and boost your social skills.

Use your skills to benefit others

Use your strengths to help the children and young people at Romsey Young Carers! You can bring the skills you use or used during your working life to the table. If you're still in education or you have recently left, great, you will probably have bundles of enthuasiasm - which is ideal. And, whilst specific skills are welcome, in general all we ask for is the want to succeed and make a difference!

Romsey Young Carers helped me so I decided to volunteer and give something back. - Jake, young carer and now volunteer

It is great fun with the children. It is a privilege to spend time with such a fantastic group of children. - Mary, volunteer

I thought it was something I could drop in and out of - choose which activities I help with. I have always worked with children - but through Romsey Young Carers I can enjoy them without too much responsibility! - Jan, volunteer

Volunteering is good for you

There has been lots of anecdotal evidence that volunteering is good for you, but now it is official!

According to a study carried out in 2008 by the University of Wales for Volunteering England:

"...it shows a clear link between volunteering and good health both for volunteers and health service users.

Volunteering can increase volunteers’ longevity, improve their mental health, keep them fitter, and enable them to cope better with illness when it occurs. Volunteering also has a positive impact on a range of factors affecting health service users including their self-esteem, disease management, adoption of healthy behaviours, compliance with medical treatment and relationships with health care professionals..."