Volunteering is good for others but did you know its good for you too! Here are 5 benefits of volunteering to you.
1) It's good for your mental health.
Helping others helps you put your problems into perspective. It reduces stress and combats depression because you are mentally stimulated.
2) Learn new skills
The job market is changing and you may find you could be trained in new skills you can put on your CV. Volunteering in a work environment often means you are first to hear about job opportunities inside the organisation. The staff already know you which helps your chances to get an interview.
3) Meet new and interesting people.
Getting out and about by volunteering to drive a minibus or help with a social club, helps you meet a lot of people in your community. Working in an office means you are part of our working world. Knowing someone is there to talk too makes a huge difference. People who volunteer have very interesting stories to share. Volunteering allows you to seek advice and support from your new-found peers.
4) Make a positive change
Andover and District Mencap's goal is to enable choice and independence for people with learning disabilities. We make a difference in our community and it is very fulfilling to help people grow and develop. Whether its something 1-2-1 like taking someone shopping or bigger project like collating petitions about changing places toilets, volunteering can give you a sense of satisfaction. You can be part of positive change in your community.
5) You can become happy. In a poll by the National Volunteering Network, 98% of respondents said volunteering has made them happier people. You have a significance and people value you. An American study, identified this can have the same effect on a person as having a pay rise from £30K to £75K
Volunteering doesn’t have to involve a long-term commitment or take a huge amount of time out of your busy day. Giving in simple ways can help others those in need and improve your health and happiness. We have a number of volunteer positions at Andover and District Mencap. You can find them on our careers page. The members and volunteers work well together side by side.
Currently, a lot of our volunteer roles are social however if you want to play a part in governing the organisation, why not be a trustee?