Research shows that volunteering is a good way for people to improve their chances of securing employment by building up confidence and motivation, developing skills and making contacts with potential employers.

Volunteering is especially useful if you are not yet ready to start paid work but are looking to take your first steps into a structured work-like environment. It can also provide skilled migrants, graduates and people returning to work after a short break from employment with opportunities to brush up their CVs and obtain an up-to-date reference, so that their job applications are stronger.

If you are interested in volunteering, contact the Haringey Volunteer Centre on 020 8880 4032.

For more volunteering opportunities, you could also visit the Do-It website through in the external links section below. If you are aged between 16-25, you could also take a look at the Vinspired website.

See also Timebank – a tool by which a group of people can exchange their time and skills without the use of money, and the Neighbourhoods Connect project.