These have included opportunities to work with young people at our Member organisations, as well as office based opportunities at Pro-Action HQ. Read some of our Volunteer stories below and get inspired to join us in our social action movement.
Arif Islam volunteered with Pro-Action over the spring summer of 2018. He shares his experiences here and how volunteering has helped him since.
Why did you volunteer at Pro-Action?
I volunteered to learn new skills that I lacked. I did not have any experience of working in an office-based environment. As a matter of fact, it would have been really difficult for me to get into a career path without actual work experience. I decided to volunteer to gain first-hand experience in administrative skills, time management and team building.
What kind of things did you do?
At Pro-Action, I have supported the charity with all sorts of admin work. I supported the charity with new membership enrolment processes. I took part in research work for various projects and events. I helped maintain the customer database by operating CiviCRM. I negotiated membership issues and contracts with other colleagues to find the solutions. I actively participated in meetings and events.
How did it make you feel?
I have always believed that physically helping in various projects it’s a brilliant way to get on-the-job experience. it's also given me great satisfaction by getting involved with an organisation like Pro-Action, which does a lot for the local community and young people. Getting involved in a good cause helps me improve my physical and mental health. I have noticed that my stress levels were reduced and mood improved in general while I was volunteering.
How did it help you?
The volunteering experience helped me to secure a job in my desired career field. I was able to use the skills and experiences that I have gained in the new job. It also helped me massively in the recruitment process because I was able to share my experience with the recruiters at the interviews.
What did you like about it?
The whole experience was simply great and I cannot express it enough in words. The most fascinating thing about volunteering at Pro-Action was the people that I have worked with. From day one until my last day, they have supported me all the way. I am ever so grateful for all the guidance and advice.