Volunteering is a great way for everyone, regardless of their age, gender or background, to have a meaningful and positive impact on their community. Not only is volunteering a fun and fulfilling way to explore your interests and passions, it is also something that can benefit you as much as the community benefits from your contributions. Dedicating your time as a volunteer can make you happier and healthier in a number of ways.
Good for your health
Volunteering has been shown to help combat depression by reducing social isolation and increasing your support network. Doing good for others in your community provides a sense of accomplishment and purpose, and boosts your self-confidence and self-esteem.
Volunteering helps to keep you physically active. Studies have even shown that volunteering can lessen symptoms of chronic pain and heart disease, and that those who volunteer have a lower mortality rate than those who don’t.
Good for your career
Volunteering can help you get experience and meet people already working in your field of interest. You can also enhance or learn new job skills through the training some volunteer positions require.
Volunteering can give you the opportunity to practise important workplace skills, such as teamwork, communication, problem solving, project planning, task management and organisation.
Good for you!
Volunteering is one of the best ways to make new friends and strengthen existing relationships. Even if you’re a bit shy and have a hard time meeting new people, volunteering gives you the opportunity to develop your social skills while you regularly meet a group of people with common interests.
Volunteering can not only help you develop lasting personal and professional relationships, it is also a great way to learn about people from all walks of life, different environments and new industries. You never know what impact volunteering will have on your life.