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Volunteering and its amazing benefits

1st-7th June 2019 was Volunteers Week across the UK. To mark the occasion we have compiled just some of the amazing benefits volunteering can have on your health!

Volunteering and its amazing benefits

With busy lives, it can be hard to find time to volunteer. However, the impact of Volunteering and its amazing benefits are enormous to you and your community.

The right role can help you to:
-Reduce stress
-Find friends
-Connect with the community
-Learn new skills
-Advance your career.

Volunteering and its amazing benefits

Volunteering offers vital help to worthwhile causes, but the benefits can be even greater for you. Even simple ways to help others can improve your health and happiness.

Volunteering 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.

Volunteering is good for your mind and body

Volunteering reduces stress, anger and anxiety. Nothing relieves stress better than a meaningful connection to another person. Working with animals has also been shown to improve mood and reduce stress and anxiety.

Volunteering helps you stay physically healthy. Studies have found that those who volunteer have a lower mortality rate than those who do not. Volunteering can also lessen symptoms of chronic pain and reduce the risk of heart disease.

Volunteering 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.

Volunteering 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 counselor volunteering in a health centre or gain extensive knowledge of history while volunteering in a museum.

Volunteering 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.

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