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Could You?

Could you be a volunteer?

You may ask

Why on earth would I do something for nothing when I lead such a busy life already.

by Kay Giles, Northamptonshire Carers

Yet, many people do. They volunteer for a variety of reasons and reap rewards that are far greater than the time they give.

Indeed, it’s these rewards that may explain the rise in the popularity of volunteering, especially in young adults.  It’s not just the individuals, community groups, and organisations that benefit from their assistance.

Volunteers are an extremely valuable resource for any organisation. They bring a wealth of knowledge and experience. Many charities are only part-funded so rely on the generosity of volunteers to work alongside paid staff. Volunteering doesn’t have to involve a long-term commitment. Even the smallest task can make a real difference to those in need.

So, why volunteer?
Helping
  • Of course, the main reason is to make a difference to the people less fortunate than you. It offers the chance to give something back to a community that may have supported you in the past.
Getting to Know Your Area
  • If you are new to the area, it’s a great way of getting to know your local community, meeting new people that you might not normally connect with and make friends.
Self Esteem and Being Valued
  • Volunteering makes you feel valued again and part of a real team, helping real people to improve their lives.
  • Being a volunteer can be challenging but also reward you with that real sense of purpose, great achievement, and renewed confidence.
  • It may be a chance to build back your mental health after a bereavement or low point in your life, getting you out of the house, countering the effects of stress, depression, and anxiety through increased social contact.
Quality of Life
  • It can help with understanding life from another’s perspective, enabling you to look at your own in a more positive manner.
  • It is an opportunity to spend quality time away from a busy lifestyle and see life from a different point of view.
Skills
  • It is an opportunity to use your existing expertise and build on these to develop new skills.
  • In addition, you could possibly enhance your CV. Young people, especially, grow in self-confidence, self-esteem, and self-belief whilst volunteering.
  • Practicing common skills used in the workplace shows you can take initiative and are willing to give up your own time for others.
Physical Activity
  • Carrying out volunteer work may increase physical activity and that may also reduce stress, giving you a real dose of the ‘happiness hormone.’

If you are considering volunteering think about what skills you can offer and which causes you’re passionate about as it means you’re more likely to stay committed to the work, but most of all enjoy it too!

Northamptonshire Carers

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