Volunteering in Chesterfield: a gateway for developing your skills and career
This month we are celebrating the Voluntary Community Sector; volunteering doesn’t just help others, it’s also a great way to develop your own skills.
There are lots of obvious benefits to volunteering – a sense of accomplishment and being able to give back to others. But volunteering can also be a gateway to develop your career, by widening your experience and learning new skills.
Volunteering as an employee of a company
Many employers have Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) policies and through them actually encourage their staff and allow time for participation in volunteering projects and other social value activity.
Fortem who have offices in Staveley are a very good example of a company that does just that. Fortem employ over 40 apprentices and recruit around 20 Management Trainees each year. They are keen to encourage staff to volunteer and have been involved with many community projects.
Each year Fortem’s Management Trainees undertake a project that benefits the local community. In 2020, the team worked together with local supply chain partners and subcontractors to refurbish a local community centre, Umbrellas Cosy Hub in Grangewood, Chesterfield, free of charge.
During the Covid-19 pandemic, Fortem staff supported a local food bank at Guesssie’s Kitchen, by providing 880 bags of food to distribute to four local schools. Staff also volunteered their own time to distribute the food bags to children that needed them most. Additionally, the team donated a further £3,000 towards the cost of a new van.
As a result of this, team members at Fortem have been exposed to new experiences which will enhance existing skills and benefit their own career.
Rosewood Wealth Management
Rosewood Wealth Management is also an apprentice employer who encourages their staff to volunteer. For the past three years, the team have collected and donated toys to the Nightingale Ward at Chesterfield Royal Hospital amongst other community projects.
Abigail Denman, Financial Services Administrative Apprentice, said: “One of the benefits of working for a company like Rosewood is that they are constantly trying to look at ways to help the local community. Each Christmas we do a toy appeal for the local hospital, we donate monthly to Monkwood Community Food Hut, we sponsor Cutthorpe Cricket Club and whenever we look to buy things whether it be end of month treats or artwork for the office they look to support a local business. It makes me proud to be part of a business that is so community driven but asks for nothing in return. ”
By taking part in social value activity, Abigail says: “I’ve been able to develop new skills which can be applied to my apprenticeship and my future career.”
Find out more about apprenticeships and the current vacancies in Chesterfield by visiting: www.chesterfield.co.uk/apprenticeships/become-an-apprentice-in-chesterfield
Volunteering can help to develop your career
Not only can you develop new skills and gain different experience through volunteering. It can also be used as a way to raise your profile, by meeting new people and seeing what a paid role in a particular career might be like.
Community Chesterfield recently published a Volunteer… to Career blog which gives insights into how volunteering can kick start your career. It features people from different roles, talking about their experience of volunteering during their career and how it helped them find their way.
Opportunities to volunteer in Chesterfield
There are lots of volunteering opportunities available in Chesterfield that can help develop your chosen career.
- Active Derbyshire – if you’re interested in sports and physical activity, Active Derbyshire have a range of roles which might be of interest. Register and search their roles: www.activederbyshire.org.uk/volunteering
- Ashgate Hospicecare – offer a wide choice of volunteering roles available. From Events Assistant to Ward Assistant. View their volunteer roles: www.ashgatehospicecare.org.uk/volunteer/
- Chesterfield Canal Trust – if you’re passionate in seeing the Chesterfield Canal fully restored, you can volunteer your time to help with their projects. Find out more about the roles available at: www.chesterfield-canal-trust.org.uk/membership/volunteering/
- Chesterfield FC Community Trust – offer volunteering and work experience for a range of roles, from coaching to marketing. Details for applying can be found on their website: www.spireitestrust.org.uk/about-us/staff-vacancies/
- Citizens Advice Chesterfield – are looking for volunteers for roles including: admin, customer service, Giving information… advice and support client. Find out more: www.citizensadvice.org.uk/about-us/support-us/volunteering/
- Derbyshire Voluntary Action – are seeking volunteers to reach out and support members of the local community through a range of different campaigns. Find out more about the campaigns and how you can help: www.dva.org.uk/volunteer/
- Dronfield Hall Barn – has become an important part of the community in Dronfield, offering a place to meet new people and make new friends from the local area. Learn more and contact the barn: www.dronfieldhallbarn.org/volunteering-at-the-barn/
- Fairplay – are looking for volunteers to help with their schemes for children and young people and help with fundraising events. They welcome volunteers from the age of 14 years. Find out more and the volunteer application form: www.fair-play.co.uk/get-involved/volunteer-for-us/
- Junction Arts – offer a volunteer experience that allows you to give your time when it suits you. Join them on Saturday 10th July, 10am – 12pm for their Volunteer’s Open day at West Studios, Chesterfield. You will get to meet the team, eat cake and find out more about what you can achieve by volunteering with Junction Arts. Find out more here: https://junctionarts.org/events/volunteers-open-day-2021/