“We want your money”, cry the masses. “We want your help”, bellow the crowd. “We want your time”, roar the group. What if I said that Giving Tuesday 2017 could be about what you get? You read that correctly. Entirely selfish, self-indulgent, egocentric getting more than you give.
So what could you get? You could get a life-changing, eye-opening, pride-filling sense of joy. You could get to improve all the skills you thought you had perfected. You could get to stand tall and shout about the amazing influence you are having on people’s lives or the environment. You could get to feel less stressed, more connected to your community and richer in everything other than your bank balance.
The variety of volunteering opportunities that are now available to any member of our society is astonishing. And yes, giving your time to them will have an incredible impact on their beneficiaries and society as a whole. But don’t underestimate the benefits volunteering can have on you.
At Action Tutoring our volunteers get all of these things in abundance – from our survey feedback and personal case studies the evidence is overwhelming – they get more than they give.
For one hour a week, for ten weeks, our volunteers tutor a couple of pupils to improve their English or maths. Simple.
For some, the benefits are obvious before they even apply – references for getting into teaching, experience working with young people, improving communication skills. But for most, what they get often comes as a surprise. They talk about the buzz. The buzz you get when you finish a session and walk a little talker on your way home. The buzz you get when you see a pupil who has been struggling have a lightbulb moment. The infectious buzz that makes them come back for more and more and more.
So, if you are finding it overwhelming with requests to give your time or your money or your help maybe pause for a moment and consider – what can I get? You’d be surprised what you’ll find in a treasure trove of volunteering options across the country.
Action Tutoring seeks out volunteer tutors to work in partnership with schools, helping disadvantaged pupils to reach their potential in English and maths. Training, support, development and resources for sessions are all provided. To find out more check out www.actiontutoring.org.uk or apply to be a tutor here.