Volunteering is rewarding for everyone and has no limitations on who can get involved. Volunteering involves spending unpaid time doing something to help other people or groups, as well as close relatives. Evidence suggests that volunteering brings health benefits to both the volunteers and the people they help.
Volunteers get a lot out of volunteering and here's why.
Improve your confidence
Volunteering can provide a healthy boost to your self-confidence, self-esteem, and life satisfaction. You are doing good for others and the community, which provides a natural sense of accomplishment. Your role as a volunteer can also give you a sense of pride and identity. And the better you feel about yourself, the more likely you are to have a positive view of your life and future goals.
Make new friends
Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, especially if you are new to an area. Volunteering also strengthens your ties to the community and broadens your support network, exposing you to people with common interests, neighbourhood resources, and fun and fulfilling activities.
Get back into work
- Volunteering offers you the chance to try out a new career without making a long-term commitment. It is also a great way to gain experience in a new field.
- Just because volunteer work is unpaid does not mean the skills you learn are basic. Many volunteering opportunities provide extensive training.
- Get a reference recording your new skills attributes and attitude
- Enhance your CV
Where to find volunteering opportunities
Do-it: Offers a range of opportunities with volunteer centres, local/national charities and public services. Visit www.do-it.org to find out more.
Livin: Offers some volunteering opportunities via our Livin Futures initiatives. Please contact us to find out more.