A number of studies has shown the benefits of volunteering, especially with promoting community cohesion.
Communities with volunteering options tend to be stronger and function better.
When people volunteer, they invest in their community and as such feel closer to it. They are more likely to develop a strong sense of belonging in their area, take more active roles and enhance general wellbeing.
Volunteering can often lead directly to employment. From expanding your skillset with practical knowledge to putting you in positions that are closer to paid roles, it can be a valuable stepping stone. It looks great on your CV too!
So how about giving some of your time?
There are several ways in which you can volunteer. Offering assistance in a charity shop is only one.
Places like Citizens Advice are heavily reliant on volunteers. There are other helplines that can offer training to potential volunteers, such as the Samaritans or Victim Support.
Your local council may offer volunteering options as well.
Keep an eye out for National Volunteering campaigns, such as the Great British Spring Clean!
There are frequent litter picks running locally at any given time. Or you may want to organise one yourself!
However you decide to do it or for however long, volunteering is a unique experience that will fulfil and transform you, benefiting your community in more ways than you could imagine!