You don't have to be furloughed to share your skills
When we launched Furlonteer back in April over a virtual curry, we never dreamed we’d
match so many professional superstars with charities in need. The response has been fantastic and we’ve even gone international, from Scotland to Rwanda!
As it stands, the future of furlough in the UK is a little up in the air, so we at Furlonteer HQ
would like to suggest how you could still share your skills even if your furlough has come to
Redundancy is a worrying time for many, and we know how hard it can be to be uncertain
of your future at work. We’ll be updating the blog with some more content to help you through these difficult times and we know you’ll be back smashing it soon enough.
It’s important to ensure you take some time for yourself outside of the seemingly endless job
applications; 25% of our Furlonteers are not on furlough and have been made redundant,
and we can tell you first-hand that having a volunteer project to focus on can do wonders
for your mental wellbeing, as well as help you to upskill and network.
You should definitely be putting your feet up for a well-deserved break after retiring, but if
you still feel like you have more to give, becoming a volunteer can be a great stepping stone into new opportunities. A career’s worth of knowledge is at your fingertips and by signing up to Furlonteer you could be imparting your wisdom onto a fantastic charity.
Whether you’re a stay at home parent, on maternity leave or just taking some time off of
work, you don’t have to let your skills go to waste. Becoming a Furlonteer means you can
volunteer for as little as 2 hours per week and allows you to dip your toe into an entirely
different industry. If you are planning to eventually go back to employment, sharing your
skills can help to reinstate the confidence you used to have in the workplace.
Back to Work?
Your furlough is over and you’re back to the office, but that doesn’t mean Furlonteering has
to stop. Studies show there is strong evidence of a link between volunteering and good
mental health and wellbeing, so if you’re back at your desk but missing the feel-good factor,
you know where to come! Dreaming of a career change? Volunteering within a different
industry or sector can show off your skills to potential new employers whilst you are still in
your current role, it’s a win-win situation.
Convinced yet? Sign up today and start making a difference by helping a charity in need.