Your donations ensure that Q1 Foundation can be there for those who need it. Your gift helps us to be active in the comunity and improve care and support. We also welcome anyone who wants to give a bit of its time to our charity by volunteering.
HOW YOU CAN HELP Q1 FOUNDATION
Anyone who has time to spare and would like to use it to benefit others can volunteer in our Care Hub. Volunteers are often parents with young children, retired people, students, young people seeking work experience, and part-time workers.
To offer your services, please contact us.
How you could help us
From just a couple of hours to helping run events. Volunteering can offer you the opportunity to gain new skills and useful life or work experience plus meet interesting new people!
Using your time to do something to help others can be extremely rewarding and fun.
Make new friends and contacts, be part of a team
Volunteering with Q1 Foundation could be a great way to meet new people, especially if you are new to the area. It also strengthens your ties to the community and broadens your support network, exposing you to people with both common and diverse interests. Being part of a team is extremely beneficial and gives a sense of belonging and a connection to others.
Increase your practical skills
Increase your social skills
Volunteering gives fulfilment and is fun
Although volunteering can be hard work sometimes, it generates a tremendous sense of achievement and fulfilment when you feel that you have made a difference to somebody – however large or small that might be. When working with other volunteers or paid employees, a great deal of fun can be had – maybe when in a fundraising event or just in the day to day business.
Care for your mind
Volunteering can provide a healthy boost to your self-confidence, self-esteem, and life satisfaction. You are aiding others and the community which provides a natural sense of accomplishment. Your role as a volunteer can also give you a sense of pride and identity; the better you feel about yourself, the more likely you are to have a positive view of your life and future goals.
Reducing the risk of depression is another important benefit of volunteering. A key risk factor for depression is social isolation. Volunteering keeps you in regular contact with others and it helps you develop a solid support system, which can protect you against stress.
Stay physically healthy
Volunteering is good for your health at any age. Studies have found that those who volunteer have a lower mortality rate than those who do not, even when considering factors like the health of the participants. Volunteering has also been shown to lessen symptoms of chronic pain or heart disease.
Volunteering enables Q1 Foundation to use funds for those in need
Q1 Foundation does need to have paid employees but having a number of volunteers in the organisation means that the number of employees is kept to a minimum. This ensures that the majority of funds can be used where the Q1 needs it most – serving our community. Without volunteers we would not be able to achieve the amazing results that we do.
Keep your personal life
All volunteers are hugely valued by Q1 and we are extremely grateful for the work that is undertaken.
Being a non-paid member of the community means that if as a volunteer you are unable to attend one day or wish to go on holiday than there is no problem with running it past us.
Your personal life can come first, and you can remain in the work environment without employee constraints.
Obviously, we ask that the volunteer must be dedicated and inform us if unable to attend and not let us down, but it does give you a certain freedom.
This is what it is all about. All voluntary organisations have a mission to aid others. Without volunteers this would not happen and every day thousands are helped by volunteers in all areas of society, for so many different reasons.
Time for change
Ultimately volunteering is a fantastic thing to undertake for so many different reasons. While learning new skills can be beneficial to many, it is not a requirement for a fulfilling volunteer experience.
Bear in mind that the most valuable skills you can bring to any volunteer effort are compassion, an open mind, a willingness to do whatever is needed, and a positive attitude.