Voluntary work is great way to get work experience, learn new skills and help a community. You don’t get wages, but for some projects you can still get your benefit and you may get extra allowances.
Voluntary work can be a good option
Voluntary work in a community or voluntary organisation can be a great way for people such as sole parents, people with ill health and disabled people to get experience in the work force.
Doing voluntary work can:
- teach you new skills
- build your confidence
- look good on your CV
- help a community.
If your voluntary work is part of an Activity in the Community project, and you are on a main benefit, you:
- keep your benefit
- get an allowance
- may get some money to help towards expenses.
If you are on a benefit that requires that you to look for work, and you find paid part-time or full-time work, then you should take paid work before you do voluntary work.