The Benefits of Volunteering

The new year is a traditional time to take stock and consider objectives for the upcoming year.

A lot of people find they want to give something back to the community as a part of their resolutions.  Taking the plunge can be daunting though.  Will I be good enough?  What do I have to offer? What role would be right for me?

So, if you’ve been thinking about volunteering but haven’t quite made that step, perhaps understanding the benefits that volunteering can have for yourself may sway you to make a positive change.

Volunteering is an excellent way to help those in need, support worthy causes and contribute to your community but did you know that as a volunteer you are also gaining huge personal benefits yourself? Finding the right role for you can help you make friends, connect positively with your local community, use your existing skills, and develop new ones.

Research suggests that if you perform acts of giving and kindness these actions can help improve your mental wellbeing.  The NVCO 2023 “Time Well Spent” survey stated that 87% of respondents said that meeting new people through their volunteering roles had had a positive impact on their lives.  88% said volunteering gives them a sense of achievement and

73 % said it gives them more confidence.   Official government statistics from “Community Life Survey 2021/22 Volunteering and charitable giving” highlight that meeting people and making friends was high on the priority list for wanting to volunteer, along with the desire to help in the community.

Not only does volunteering have a positive impact on those in need and the community, but it also builds a natural sense of achievement. By stepping out of your comfort zone and immersing yourself in new experiences, volunteering can boost self-confidence and provide a sense of pride and identity.

The social aspect of volunteering can have a significant impact on how good you feel. When you volunteer, you can connect with others regularly, creating a strong support network that help combat feelings of loneliness and isolation.  It’s also a great idea to try volunteering if you are new to an area and want to make social connections.

Volunteering is a fantastic way to explore and develop new skills. It’s never too late to expand your knowledge or learn a new skill, even if you’re currently in education, in employment or retired.

Additionally, many charities offer training and support to their volunteers, ensuring that they feel confident and well-equipped to handle any situation that may arise, and expanding learning opportunities too.

If you feel you are ready to take on a new challenge we’d love to hear from you.

If you would like more information with regard to volunteering with the Association of Carers, please contact Kiki, our dedicated Volunteer Coordinator,  on 01424 722309 or [email protected].

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