The New Year is nearly upon us, and is a time when we typically resolve to become better versions of ourselves. To dust off our gym memberships and hit the treadmill every morning. To resist the Christmas selection chocolate boxes which have not been more than an arm’s reach away all holiday and (gulp!) eat less chocolate. To be on top of every assignment and never need to pull another all-nighter. Some of these resolutions may last further into 2018 than others! We’re going to propose a new one, one that will cost you nothing, that you will reap benefits from, and that you may even be able to keep for the whole year…volunteering.
It goes without saying that there are loads of worthy charities that would love the support you are able to offer, even if it is just a couple of hours a month. However, there are heaps of proven benefits that you might not know about
Research has found that people who regularly volunteer are both healthier and happier than those who don’t, volunteering has a proven impact on stress, anxiety and depression and scientific studies have found that volunteering boosts happiness. People who volunteer even have a lower mortality rate! So even if you don’t stick to your new year’s health regime you can still feel all smug about your new health drive.
Volunteering is a great way to meet new people who share a common interest from outside of your course, and possibly find some great new places to hang out from your new local friends.
Volunteering is a great way to gain experience to help you stand out from the crowd when applying for jobs. Research by Student Volunteering England found 94% of employers believed that students who volunteer have enhanced skills, and 73% of employers stated that they “would rather employ someone with voluntary work experience than without.” Volunteering provides a way for you to develop skills and knowledge that many employers are looking for, and can increase your chances of getting your dream job when you leave university. Plus you can log hours and skills with us, building up to awards!
The New Year is a great time to commit your time and talents to volunteering, and there are a huge variety of charities and volunteer opportunities that you can get involved with. You can find more about our opportunities here, or why not make an appointment to speak to your Volunteer Centre Coordinator to discuss volunteering further.