Volunteering for BCOM is simple. It's about giving your free time to do something positive for the Bolton Community.In return you get the satisfaction of time and effort well-spent and Inshallah helping to serve others will not go unrecognised by The Almighty Lord. In addition, volunteering can be a great way to meet new people, learn new skills and gain useful experience. It can also be plenty of fun.
The ranges of opportunities are huge. Whatever skills and experience you have, there is always something that you can do. The biggest problem for many people is finding the time to volunteer. It can reduce your choices if you don't have much time to spare, but often it is the busiest of people who manage to find time to give to a good cause.
There are no age-limits on volunteering. If you have any concerns, ask the BCOM. Once you start volunteering you should usually expect: payment of out-of pocket expenses (e.g. Travel), a clear idea of what your role will be and appropriate training and support where needed. If you aren't clear about anything, don't be afraid to ask someone.
Zara Giga, an apprentice student, shares her experiences of being a part of the team at BCOM.
I was treated like a proper employee rather than a student. BCOM gave me opportunities that an apprentice could only dream of, such as chances to present at a number of events, meet people like the Madam Mayor and her consort at many different events, chairing meetings, organising eminent seminars and events, and representing and delivering speeches on behalf of the Muslim community. These are just some of the many opportunities that BCOM gave me, which allowed me not only to develop my self esteem and confidence, but to build a foundation and develop the skills needed for employment in the future. All the opportunities I was given, meant that with a lot of hard work, effort, and support from my parents, teachers, and staff at BCOM, I found myself finishing my full advanced apprenticeship framework in a short space of just 5 months, quicker than any of my classmates.