There are many reasons that people volunteer and it is a great way to become involved in your community. Volunteering is a great way for people, regardless of their age, cultural background, location or circumstances, to get involved in the community, do something that is meaningful and that creates a sense of purpose.
There are many benefits to volunteering:
- Meeting new people and making new friends
- To give back to, or get involved in, your community
- Meet new challenges
- Raise awareness and support causes that are important to you
- Experience different cultures
- Help people or contribute to social change
- Develop professional networks
- Find a pathway to getting a job or into a course or training
- Learn new skills or gain experience in a variety of roles
- Explore different career and job opportunities.
Research has also found a significant connection between volunteering and good health with reports showing that people who volunteer have:
- Longer lives
- Lower rates of depression
- Less incidence of heart disease
- Better sleep
- Lower blood pressure
- Reduced stress
- More self-esteem and confidence
- Reduced loneliness and isolation
- Better relationships
- More happiness and general satisfaction with life!
Kyneton Men’s Shed. Image c/o Mark Griffiths