Caroline Rodgers, a social worker, is a 1994 graduate of the University of North London. After qualifying as a social worker she began working for the London Borough of Haringey children’s services, where she remained until 1996. Beginning in 1996, Caroline Rodgers, a social worker, worked in the London Borough of Waltham Forest in the adoption and fostering team, and stayed there until 1998. In that year, she returned to the London Borough of Haringey Children’s services, where she worked with children with disabilities. From 2003 to 2009 Caroline Rodgers, a social worker, worked for the London Borough of Camden in their Adoption Team.
Even before she embarked on her career in social work, Caroline Rodgers, a social worker, demonstrated the values that would lead her to her present career. “I enjoyed doing voluntary work in the community,” she says, “working with several client groups including working with black elders within an inner London borough in a day centre. I have also worked voluntarily for women’s aid.”
As Caroline Rodgers, a social worker, learned at an early age, there are many benefits to volunteering, even if getting paid isn’t one of them. A good volunteering experience can help you find friends, reach out to the community, and learn new skills. Volunteering can also help protect your mental and physical health.
And even though volunteers usually don’t get paid, the experience can advance your career. The contacts you make by meeting so many like-minded people can lead to a better job. Volunteering also strengthens your ties to the community and broadens your support network, exposing you to people with common interests, neighborhood resources, and fun and fulfilling activities.