There are many benefits of volunteering that make it even more worthwhile

Most of us want to help others. We do not volunteer, for the most part, because it benefits us. We volunteer because it makes a difference.

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But there are even more benefits to volunteering. We notice a subtle shift in ourselves when we volunteer. We feel more connected to others, and we become less absorbed in the normal stresses of daily life. We share our experiences with others and want to help more.

The benefits of volunteering are countless. But there are social, emotional, physical and professional perks.

Here are some benefits, maybe one of them will convince you to get up from your couch and out the door to engage with our community.

List of benefits to you and others:

  • give something back to an organisation that has impacted on a person's life, either directly or indirectly

  • make a difference to the lives of others

  • help the environment

  • help others to have a voice

  • feel valued and part of a team

  • spend quality time away from work or a busy lifestyle

  • gain confidence and self-esteem.

For some, volunteering can be a route to employment, or a chance to try something new which may lead to a career change. From this perspective, volunteering can be a way of:

  • gaining new skills, knowledge and experience

  • developing existing skills and knowledge

  • enhancing a CV

  • improving one's employment prospects

  • gaining an accreditation

  • using one's professional skills and knowledge to benefit others (usually described as pro bono).

For others, volunteering appeals because of its social benefits. These include:

  • meeting new people and making new friends

  • a chance to socialise

  • getting to know the local community.

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