I love volunteering for Sea Cadets as I can see the opportunities and experiences that they get can make such a difference to their outlook on life and the opportunities that they never realised were there. It literally can be life changing for them. I also love that as a staff member, we also get to try out new things, gain qualifications and experience new things alongside the cadets.
I think that as a volunteer you need to be open-minded, flexible in your approach to things and want to help others, whether you get something back or not, as the something you most often get back is the knowledge that you made a difference and that's all that matters.
I am a busy Mum of 3 and a wife and have an almost full time job - I work with adults with learning disabilities as a support worker, so some of my days are quite long, which means that I need to be very organised. Some days I need to plan several days in advance (thank goodness for supermarket home deliveries!). My children are becoming better at cooking for themselves, now know how to operate the washing machine and the ironing skills they have learnt at Sea Cadets have been very useful.
If you are thinking about becoming a volunteer, think about the things that you enjoy doing or think about the skills you can offer and see if you can find something that involves that. Do some research to see what the commitment will be and see if you can spend a bit of time watching what goes on before you decide if it's for you or not. There are so many opportunities out there, that you will find the volunteering role that suits you, it might just take a bit of time and effort to find it and remember, it doesn't matter if you can only give 1/2 hour once a week or if you can give all day every day, the organisation will be thankful for any time you give.