Mum and kids back to school

The kids are back to school and you might have a bit more time on your hands. Volunteering for NCT could be just the thing to keep you busy, give back to the community and brush up your CV.

The start of the new school term is here, and your little (or not so little) ones will be vacating the house and leaving you with some precious hours of peace. If you’re not returning to work how could 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’s 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 said they formed amazing, strong bonds with the people they met through 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! 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, working in a team and on projects or events can help you keep one foot in the world of work. This also means that 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 parents, who share your passion and enthusiasm.

7. Opportunity for family bonding time

Volunteering doesn’t have to be just you – why not help 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 yummy 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. 

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Further information

Our support line offers practical and emotional support with feeding your baby and general enquiries for parents, members and volunteers: 0300 330 0700. 

Make friends with other parents-to-be and new parents in your local area for support and friendship by seeing what NCT activities are happening nearby.

Our family-friendly, flexible approach to volunteering means that you too could join one of our supportive teams. It’s a great way to meet a like-minded community, develop new skills and have some fun. Find out more about volunteering with NCT

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