It’s a new year, a chance to set goals, start new hobbies and a perfect time to get involved in volunteering.

It has been proven that volunteering boosts self-esteem, employability and health as well as being rewarding to the individuals involved.[i]

At Centre 404 we offer a variety of roles, from developing admin and people skills on reception to being a travel buddy for someone with a learning disability, helping them gain independence, confidence and build up a relationship.

Enjoy singing or playing an instrument? Join our band, The 404 Stormers!img_5201

Like dancing? Help out at our Friday Night Social.

Fancy your hand at doing some cooking? Our day service opportunities as well as our evening groups and activities can always do with an extra pair of hands to come up with delicious recipes and help out in the kitchen.

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Enjoy the outdoors? Come along every Thursday and help us grow plants, vegetables and tend to our award winning garden.

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Our volunteer roles are varied and no two days are the same. Many of our volunteers have felt a great deal of satisfaction in being able to form friendships with their buddies/fellow volunteers and look forward to their volunteer placement.

Mark, a regular Friday night social volunteer said:

I love coming to the Friday Night Social after a long week at work and just having some fun, it really helps to de-stress me! I also enjoy seeing all the familiar faces having a good time. I get along really well with the other volunteers which has made things easier.

 I don’t find the volunteering a chore, I love it and look forward to going each week. I hope to think I’ve added something to those that come to the Friday Night Social, because I’ve certainly gained a lot from them.”

Not only this but several of our volunteers who began a placement with us went on to get paid jobs. Volunteering is wonderful for your CV because it shows commitment, passion and you learn and develop skills through doing it.

Interested? Get in touch by calling Fiona on 0207 607 8762 or email volunteer@centre404.org.uk

We’ll be at the Winter Volunteering Fair at UCL on Tuesday 24th January from 12pm-3pm where you can ask us any questions and find out more information.

Hope to see you there!

[i] Citizen’s Advice. 2014. CAB volunteering – how everyone benefits. 2014. (online) Available from https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/Global/Migrated_Documents/corporate/value-volunteering-may-14.pdf

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