Tired of being unemployed? Volunteering or fundraising for charities will look great on your CV and give you life experience needed to become a good physio.
Benefits of volunteering
- Feeling of self worth
- Learning new skills depending on who and how you decide to help : communication, decision making, event organisation, baking, fitness
- Meeting people from all walks of life
- Learning about different cultures, languages, expressions.
- Motivation with job hunting (everyone gets a bit down if they have been job hunting for a while with no luck)
- Experience of conditions (depending on which charity)
- Learning about the family demands of illnesses and how conditions are managed at home.
Use the CSP reflective practice guidelines to reflect on scenarios that you experience. Simple scenarios such as assisting transfers, helping with feeding or encouraging play (for children) are all useful and will get you used to reflecting on your actions and improving yourself as a physio!
Charities: Always check your charities are registered and legitimate. For some you may need a CRB.
The Bruce Trust is a registered charity providing specially-designed, purpose-built, wide-beam canal boats, for hire for self-catering, self-steer holidays by disabled, disadvantaged or elderly people along with their family, friends or carers.
The Trust has a fleet of four boats. Rebecca and Hannah are 12 berth, Diana is 10 berth and Rachel is 6 berth. Each boat has the highest quality accommodation and the ultimate flexibility for people with a wide variety of special needs.
The Trust is run by a team of local volunteers and they are always on the look-out for more members. No need for boating experience as training can be provided where required – they are looking for Team Leaders, Engineers, Cleaners, Skippers and Crew
This is a small registered charity funding projects for the poorest of the poor. Their work is mostly, at present, in South India, in close partnership with established local groups and charitable organisations. Children are one major focus – orphan children, handicapped children, children at risk, children affected by AIDS. The charity is in close contact and knows many of them and their carers as friends because they visit them regularly.
Elder Helpers is one of the Campaign for Aging Research’s most popular programs. It is a legitimate, trustworthy, recognized organization properly registered as a 501(c)(3) public benefit organization, based in the U.S.A.
So what are you waiting for? Volunteer!