VOLUNTEERING CAN HELP WITH YOUR MENTAL WELLBEING

Millions of people in the UK volunteer in some way or other each year. In Dacorum alone, since Lock Down, the Volunteer centre has processed over one thousand potential volunteers.Volunteer Recruitment Fair 2020 poster

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Firstly, what is volunteering?

Volunteering is an activity that involves spending time doing something that benefits the local community, the environment, an individual or a group of people other than close relatives, without payment – in other words, giving your time, and skills freely to others.

So why do people choose to volunteer?

There are many reasons why people volunteer – to make new friends, to learn new skills and to update existing skills. However, a very important reason is because volunteering has been recognised as a way to improve mental wellbeing.

It has been proved that volunteering is associated with higher levels of wellbeing. Giving to others (and volunteering is giving to others) is recognised as a way to help protect your mental and physical health. It can help to reduce feelings of stress, anger and anxiety through meaningful contact with other people.

Volunteering has also been found to combat depression, as it keeps you in regular contact with others, helping you to feel part of a team, and to develop a solid support system, keeping you mentally stimulated and giving you a sense of purpose. Moreover, research has shown that being helpful to others delivers great pleasure, and because we are, as human beings, wired to give to others, and the more we give, the better we feel!

Interested in finding out more about what you could do as a volunteer?

Support4Dacorum is holding its first ever Virtual Volunteer Recruitment Fair via Zoom on Thursday 22nd October at 10am. Everyone is welcome to join us and hear from a range of representatives from local voluntary organisations who will be talking about what they do, and what volunteers do for them, and the volunteering roles they have available at the moment, and will have in the future. In addition to being able to listen to them speak, you will also have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have.

For more information, and to register, please visit our website www.volunteerdacorum.org, following the link for ‘events’

Alternatively, email us at volunteering@communityactiondacorum.org.uk