Why volunteer? Our volunteers make a massive difference to what we achieve, and the number of young people we benefit. We also make a difference to them, with many: gaining employment within sexual healthgaining confidencefeeling they have given something back to the community. Do it! The opportunities are endless and you’ll have an amazing time volunteering, the staff are great and you’ll be made to feel part of an amazing team Harry, Volunteer since September 2016 The benefits of volunteering Volunteering requires time and dedication, however the benefits of giving your time will go beyond increasing your skills and knowledge. The work Brook does to support and empower young people is amazing. They’re a really trailblazing organisation, and the benefits of volunteering are endless! There are so many experiences that have directly helped me progress further with my career and also enrich my social life. Kirsty, Lead Volunteer for Participation and Volunteering The benefits for you By volunteering for Brook, you will have the chance to: Increase your knowledge of a sexual health charityIncrease your skillsMeet other people who are interested in sexual health, wellbeing and young peopleEnhance your CVReceive free training to complete your roleReceive regular support in your roleLearn from, and work alongside, experienced staffGive something to the community and young people Being a Brook Champion has helped me massively in challenging and facing my anxiety and other mental health issues that I face. From attending the residential weekend where I was able to face my fears of working in groups, social situations and eating in public to working on the photo shoot and interview on RSE for IPPF which helped massively challenge the low self esteem and body image fears that I suffer from. Alex, Brook Champion The benefits for the community Volunteering doesn’t just impact an individual, but can make a difference to their wider community with: More young people receiving accurate sexual health and wellbeing informationIncreased awareness of young people’s sexual health and wellbeing needsMore people with increased skills and knowledge to support employment The benefits for Brook Brook volunteers bring with them: new ideasa fresh insightdifferent experiencesenthusiasm In addition, volunteers can help us: Increase our reach to young people, meaning we benefit more young people in more areas.Complete projects in a shorter amount of time meaning young people benefit from them sooner.Spread the word and campaign on our behalf meaning more people hear about sexual health and what we are campaigning for. All of this helps us develop and deliver a better service to young people! Volunteers, particularly when developing activities, can bring new ideas and personal experience which can positively affect the work we’re doing within Brook. Alongside this they can question and identify gaps which we may have missed. It is also great to work with them knowing that you are giving them a positive experience which could help them achieve in education, professional life, or just have an opportunity to make a difference. Laura, Participation and Volunteering Manager Participate at BrookBrook is committed to involving children, young people, and adults in our work, and ensuring that their experiences and voices inform everything we do.Participation at Brook involves people taking part in opportunities which enable them to have their voice heard, be actively involved in decision making, and create measurable and positive change in Brook services.Find out more about Participation at Brook.