Volunteering is simple. It's about giving your time to do something useful, without getting paid (apart from expenses).
Last updated - 31st January 2011
A leading figure in the development of Big Society is Lord Nat Wei. Lord Wei is an unpaid government adviser working within the Cabinet Office. He has produced a Big Society blog – see link to Blog. http://www.thebigsociety.net/ for some of Lord Wei’s views on The Neighbourhood Group, Citizen-Centred Services, Community Benefit and the “Reef”.
Volunteering as any activity that involves spending time, unpaid, doing something that aims to benefit the environment or someone (individuals or groups) other than, or in addition to, close relatives. Central to this definition is the fact that volunteering must be a choice freely made by each individual. This can include formal activity undertaken through public, private and voluntary organisations as well as informal community participation. For more information about volunteering visit Do-It - volunteering made easy website.
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