But why should you volunteer? Volunteering: The benefits to you, your employer and your community
Below are our top 5 reasons to get involved:
1. Volunteering opportunities can help you to develop new skills. For example, managing a volunteering project is a great opportunity for you to develop communication, leadership and project planning skills as well as improving confidence overall1.
2. Volunteering benefits your health: “Acts of kindness have the potential to make the world a happier place. An act of kindness can improve feelings of confidence, being in control, happiness and optimism2.”
3. Volunteering increases employee engagement, providing the chance for your employees to give back to the community boosts employee engagement, and engaged employees are happier and more productive. It helps to create a rewarding and positive place to work and recent statistics from the not-for-profit organisation Employee Volunteering showed that 76 per cent of volunteers said that it had a positive influence on how they felt about their employer1.
4. Volunteering in your local or child’s school has a range of benefits from getting to know the teachers and staff to, becoming more involved in your local community3.
5. Volunteering inspires:
Lindsay Walker, Parent and Teacher, Dearham School: after Aspiration session
“my daughter (who was lucky enough to take part yesterday in Year 4) was raving about it when she got home…all she wanted to talk about when she went to bed was what she wanted to be when she was older… Thank you to the volunteers who gave up their time to come and share their experiences with the children and many thanks to everyone behind the scenes who organised it.”
Cath Wilson, Lakes College: after Aspiration session
“What a fantastic opportunity to work with young people and listen to the dreams they have for the future and also share my career experiences with them, I feel very privileged to have been part of this session.”
Don’t forget some companies offer a paid day a year for their employers to volunteer. For example GSK offer orange days to their employees. Find out more here
2. Kerr SL, O’Donovan A, Pepping CA. Can Gratitude and Kindness Interventions Enhance Well-Being in a Clinical Sample? J Happiness Stud. 2014;16 (1):17–36