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Do you volunteer?
Do any forum members currently volunteer or are considering doing so? what would you think are the main reasons for volunteering, especially for the over 50’s?
To start the ball rolling, I volunteer for a couple of charities, one is a very local one where all I do is combine my hobby of photography with attending their events in order to provide them with up to date pictures they can use in their marketing etc, very sporadic but fun. The other charity is ability.net where I can provide assistance to older people and people with disabilities of any age. They may have a problem with a computer virus, need some help installing broadband or be worried about updates or error messages.
All of the volunteers are disclosure checked and can visit clients in their own home or can help by phone or over the internet. We all mainly have relevant IT skills and are able to help with most major computer systems, laptops, tablet devices and smartphones as well as advising and assisting with adaptive tech for users with disabilities to use their IT.
The main reason I volunteer is to get me out of the house with a meaningful outcome (sometimes 🙂 ) meeting new people, and being honest, networking with a possibility of getting a paid position with a charity.
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