The Progress Educational Trust (PET) has the equivalent of just three full-time employees, and the charity relies on Volunteers to help achieve its objectives. Some Volunteers come into PET's London office on a regular basis, while others help remotely. Donating your time, skills and creativity can make an amazing difference to what PET can achieve.
People from all different backgrounds volunteer for PET, for a variety of reasons. These include:
- to help a cause they are passionate about;
- to do something inspiring;
- to learn skills and improve their CVs;
- to build their confidence and gain new experiences;
- to meet interesting new people.
How much time do I need to give?
You can give as much time as you like. You specify what you are able to do and when you are able to do it, and PET will do its best to accommodate you.
Who are PET's Volunteers?
There's an opportunity for almost anyone who sympathises wholly or partially with PET's objectives to volunteer. It's entirely possible that PET needs your specific skills and expertise, even if it doesn't realise this yet!
You can find out more about PET's current Volunteers here. They include people who are employed elsewhere, people who are unemployed, students, retired people, and people spanning all ages and ethic backgrounds as well as people of all religions and none.
(Unfortunately, the the building that houses PET's office is not wheelchair accessible. PET has complained to the landlord.)
What do current and former PET Volunteers say about the experience?
Don't take our word for the benefits of becoming a PET Volunteer - see what these current and former Volunteers have to say about the experience.
I had attended PET events for more than a year before I joined the charity as a Volunteer in 2008. Not only did I feel like a vital part of the team, but the wide-ranging work of the organisation meant that I had opportunities to get involved with projects which fitted my personal interests. I was also involved in research and high-profile events, and engaged in publicity and marketing including working on the charity's new website. PET boasts a friendly team of dedicated colleagues working on cutting-edge issues in biosciences, as well as riveting work and opportunities to make new contacts and further your career.
I'd never volunteered regularly before, so didn't know what to expect when I started working as a Marketing Volunteer at PET. But everyone - the Trustees, staff, other Volunteers - were all so helpful and genuinely pleased to have me there, that I wondered why I hadn't volunteered before. And I can honestly say that volunteering at PET gave me a deeper sense of satisfaction than any other work I've done - so much so, that I now work in the charity sector after spending decades working in the private sector.
As a law student looking for a career in medical law and ethics, volunteering for PET provided an invaluable opportunity to build upon important skills within an interesting and dynamic educational charity. The PET team allowed me to take responsibility for a range of tasks, including writing articles for BioNews, responding to government consultations, and helping to organise large-scale conferences and events. The friendly and flexible nature of PET means that volunteering fits easily into any schedule and enhances any CV, while providing an enjoyable way to contribute towards the success of the charity.