Volunteering – 12 reasons to volunteer in 2024

The beginning of the year is an opportune time to make a fresh start, boost your wellbeing, learn new skills or to make new friends.  These are also some of the reasons people in Norfolk and Waveney say they love volunteering. Over January, we’ll be sharing stories of 12 volunteers, who each individually champion why volunteering positively impacts their lives.

Read their stories below, which may inspire you to get involved with a local organisation in 2024.

Hear from our volunteers, past and present

Sam, Breastfeeding peer support

“I use my personal experience to help others…”

Sam’s Story

Michael, Samaritan

“It’s tough being a Samaritan…but is extremely rewarding and an absolute privilege.”

Michael’s story

Anna, Cadet Nursing

“I successfully gained a place on the 2-year ‘Enrolled Nurse Training’ programme”

Anna’s story

Aileen, Volunteer

‘My office skills have been invaluable’

Aileen’s story

Irenee, Hospital Radio

“It does give a lot of confidence and communication skills”

Irenee’s story

Ben, Volunteer

“The staff that I support appreciate my help”

Ben’s story

Volunteer to Career in Primary Care

“A pathway to health and social care professions”

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Olivia, The Matthew Project

“I have gained valuable experience that looks great on my CV and I can do it in my spare time.”

Olivia’s story

Bob, Volunteer

“I remember being asked by a visitor if I could rescue her cat from under her car.”

Bob’s story

Robert, Restoration Trust

“What I get out of the Restoration Trust is the connection with other people, getting outside, doing things.”

Robert’s story

Matthew, Age UK Norfolk

“I receive compliments from the people that I telephone”

Matthew’s story

Brenda, Volunteer

“I need to be doing something useful”

Brenda’s story