7 reasons you should volunteer now the children are back at school

School has started, and your (not so) little ones have vacated the house. How should you fill that valuable time? Here are seven reasons why you should consider volunteering with NCT.

1. Do something for you

As a parent, you spend most of your time looking after others, so now is your chance to do something for you!

2. Boost your confidence

Getting out the house and doing something productive is one of the best ways to build your self-esteem and confidence. We all know that parenthood can be lonely at times, but volunteering can help you get out, meet new people, and build friendships. So many volunteers and parents have reported forming amazing, strong bonds with the people they met through NCT, and remain friends long after they have finished at NCT.

3. Learn something new and share your own experience

One of the best things about being part of NCT is the knowledge sharing and culture of support.

By chatting to other parents and volunteers, you might just learn a great tip on combatting a fussy eater; how to establish easier bedtime routines or even the name of an excellent stain remover that works wonders on baby sick!

Or, maybe you’ll be sharing your own knowledge and expertise with nervous new parents.

4. Give back to your local community

Maybe you’ve attended NCT courses or local meet ups in the past, and now you want to give something back to your local parent community. The time you are able to give, no matter how small, will have a huge impact on local parents, and enables NCT branches to keep going. By volunteering, you will be directly supporting our charitable aim of making sure that ‘all parents are supported’.

5. Bridge CV gaps

Continuing to be proactive in the community and work towards goals can help you to keep one foot in the world of work, and mean that when and if you decide to return to a job, it’s less of a shock to the system!

6. Be part of a fantastic team

NCT is full of incredible people, with a broad range of experience and backgrounds. It’s a fantastic way to meet and work with like-minded people, who share your passion and enthusiasm.

7. Opportunity for family bonding time

Volunteering can help you meet new people and build friendships

Volunteering doesn’t have to be just you – why not assist with a Big Push event and bring your whole crew along?

Get the kids involved in helping out at a Nearly New Sale, or have fun baking together to create scrummy treats that can be sold at the Nearly New Sale.

Doing things together can provide you with valuable bonding time, as well as helping kids to understand the important of helping others and team work.

So what's stopping you?

Whether you’ve got 5 minutes spare a week or 5 hours, there’s a volunteering role or job to suit you, find out more here.