Jackie Brown, our Volunteering Development Officer, on volunteering opportunities for 2013.

Resolving to volunteer

I often wonder about what fun and interesting New Year’s resolutions people come up with to challenge themselves for the next 12 months after a decadent festive period. I know I certainly feel like giving something back after being spoiled over Christmas, that and I usually make some attempt to promise myself that I will eat better and exercise after all the culinary indulgences!

 Well if you’re the same why not combine the two and volunteer with an organisation like the RSPB that offers plenty of opportunities to work all those muscles that were given some time off. Of course it doesn’t have to be physically taxing you could give those little grey cells a new challenge too. From helping to plant trees on reserves to volunteering as a pin badge box minder, there is a real range of opportunity.

2012 has been pretty epic in the UK volunteering world with the London Olympics getting over 70,000 people to become Games Makers. I hope that we will see some sort of legacy from the Games, changing people’s perceptions of volunteering and what it can offer. We may not be able to get you close to Usain Bolt or Jessica Ennis but we can make sure that you make a difference for our natural world.

Check out our website to see the range of volunteering roles available http://www.rspb.org.uk/volunteering/