Many volunteers encounter a variety of new challenges when they begin giving time in their communities.
Sharing new experiences with new people, they can learn new skills that can give them confidence to face challenges in other areas of their lives.
There’s no better place to meet likeminded individuals than through volunteering for a campaign or cause you believe in. Working together to bring about a change is a great way to bond with others and become part of a community that can stay in touch long after your work is done. Plus, you could meet people from a diverse range of backgrounds – people you may never come across in your daily life.
Many volunteers are surprised at how much fun it can be to give. Not every volunteer experience is the same, but by finding an opportunity that matches your interests, you have a good chance of having fun while giving time.
Giving makes you feel good, it gives you a wonderful sense of well being. Volunteering will bring you into contact with so many different people who all have a similar interest to you.
Through volunteering you have the opportunity to share what you have learned to help improve the lives of others.
- build self confidence and take on new responsibilities
- feel valued, appreciated and feel useful
- gain a sense of achievement
- personal development and motivation
- build on and make use of existing skills
- combat social isolation and ill health borne out of unemployment