The unexpected benefits of volunteering

I visited the Olympics four times this Summer, and was struck by two things in particular.  One was the friendliness and camaraderie of the spectators. The other was the outstanding service and support provided by the volunteers.

Every volunteer I saw was clearly enjoying the experience, and added to the enjoyment and atmosphere of the event. It reminded me of the numerous times I have done voluntary work, and the benefits I and the other colleague volunteers received, for example:

  • The sheer pleasure of making a contribution
  • The enhanced confidence of being able to take a leadership role
  • The inter-personal and leadership skills learned
  • The fun and camaraderie
The unexpected benefits of volunteering

Many large businesses recognise the impact that volunteering can have on personal development, and run leadership programmes where attendees do some form of community-based work.

There are numerous ways to contribute as a volunteer.  If you are interested in finding out more, here is one website which has some information (, and I imagine that virtually every registered charity would welcome volunteers.

What our students and clients say

Ivona Gordon

Jeremy has a unique approach to bringing out the best in people. He certainly practices what he preaches!  Jeremy is one of a handful of trainers/coaches/practitioners that I would, without any hesitation, recommend to others.  He is knowledgeable, ethical and shows genuine passion for the work he does and how best to serve others.

Mel Larsen

Before doing the NLP course, I had felt I needed more coaching approaches and methodologies. The course gave me a lot of new techniques which I have used to help my coaching clients. Also I was launching my new coaching brand as I was doing the programme and looking back I can see it helped me to set big targets and reach them.

Donna de Villiers

I have had the pleasure of studying with Jeremy, and the NLP he has taught has had a wonderful impact on my personal and professional life.  Jeremy explains NLP in an accessible, easy, manner and for me took away the fluff of the subject.  The practical help on the courses and the smaller classes give you a personal learning environment, perfect for this subject.  I highly recommend Jeremy for anyone interested in NLP.

Simon Fanning

I found the course to be enlightening both personally and professionally.  Jeremy’s experience of the corporate world allowed for a real life perspective to be taken and a focused view into NLP and its application in Business and coaching.

Dave Cordle

I’ve undertaken three major trainings with Jeremy: NLP Practitioner, NLP Master Practitioner and most recently NLP Sports Practitioner. I keep coming back because the training is thorough, ethical and ecological, and it’s academically recognized. As a career coach I work with people at all stages of their career, across levels and across a wide range of industries.

Dara Caryotis

I feel privileged to have discovered NLP, it has changed my life. Understanding communication, the impact of language and being able to change unwanted behaviours has been the difference that made the difference for me.  Jeremy is so much more than an NLP Master Trainer.  It is a powerful rewarding experience learning and evolving with Jeremy. I highly recommend studying with Jeremy, one of my best decisions.