New year, new goals: does volunteering feature in your 2024 plans?

“What are your goals for 2024?”

Have you been talking or thinking about this since the new year began?

This is the time of year that many of us think about what we want to achieve in the year ahead, with many goals focused on personal and professional development – how to work better, do better, be better. Google Trends data shows a peak in internet searches for volunteering report a spike in interest in January, so we know many of you are interested in the concept! What are the reasons you should go beyond the search stage and take action to find out more about volunteering in the world of education this year?

1.      Volunteering is good for your mental health and wellbeing

Almost 80% of participants of a recent survey by the NCVO said they felt their mental health and wellbeing had improved as a result of volunteering. Not only that, 74% said it had given them more confidence – win-win!

2.      Volunteering expands your social circle

Volunteer Justin puts it perfectly: “Volunteering as a school governor has enabled me to meet some amazing people – people who are passionate about how education can help children, parents and the community that they live in”.

3.      Volunteering can support your career progression goals

Volunteer governors report that the board level experience they gain helps them learn or sharpen skills that have a direct impact on their professional life, which can help to achieve those 2024 career goals.

Interested in finding out more? Join a free webinar hosted by the charity Inspiring Governance on Thursday 18th January 12.30-13.30 to learn more about the role and hear from a panel of current school governors sharing their own experiences of volunteering in the role. Sign up below to join us:

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