Voluntary work doesn't have to be daunting, and even the smallest projects can have unexpected benefits as Garry Packer from the Highways Agency in Bristol recently found out.
He's been a reading buddy at St Werburgh's Primary School for 2 years now, and has found spending an hour a week helping kids to read easily manageable and rewarding:
From a personal development perspective I think the experience has improved my communication and problem solving skills, especially asking open questions. I give up an hour to an hour and a half each week, I am in a role were I can flex my lunch break to suit and that makes it easy to volunteer. I have a great time, feel welcomed by the staff and students and it gives me a different perspective.
If you’re interested in volunteering, take a look at the opportunities available in the region.