With busy lives, it can be hard to find time to volunteer. However, the impact of volunteering can be significant to you and your community.
The right role can help you to:
-Connect with the community
-Learn new skills
-Advance your career.
Volunteering offers vital help to worthwhile causes, and the benefits to you are just as great. Even simple ways to help others can improve your health and happiness.
Connects you to others
While some people are naturally outgoing, others may have a hard time meeting new people. Volunteering gives the opportunity to develop your social skills as you meet other people with similar interests. Once you start, it’s easier to branch out and make friends.
Is good for your mind and body
Volunteering can reduces stress, anger and anxiety. In particular, meaningful connection to another person, and working with animals has been shown to improve mood and help reduce stress and anxiety.
Increases self confidence
Doing good for others provides a natural sense of accomplishment. The better you feel about yourself, the more likely you are to have a positive view of your life.
Can advance your career
If you’re considering a new career, volunteering can help you get experience in your area of interest and meet people in the field. Volunteering gives you the opportunity to practice skills such as teamwork, communication, problem solving and project planning.
Just because volunteer work is unpaid, it does not mean that the skills you learn are basic. Many volunteering opportunities provide extensive training. For example, you may become an experienced counselling volunteering in a health centre or gain extensive knowledge of history while volunteering in a museum.
Brings fun and fulfillment to your life
Volunteering is a fun and easy way to explore your interests and passions. It can be meaningful and interesting and an energising escape from your routine.
Many people volunteer in fields which overlap with their hobbies. For example, if you have a desk job but wish to spend more time outdoors, you may volunteer and help plant a community garden or walk dogs for an animal shelter.