Benefits of volunteering / volunteer journeys
There're loads of benefits of volunteering for your local athletics/running club here are a few listed here...
Learn new skills
Volunteering can help you learn new skills, gain experience and sometimes even qualifications. Volunteering demonstrates transferable skills. Having volunteering on your CV will help you to stand out from the crowd. By volunteering your time to others you can become a skilled person - someone that employers, universities and colleges want.
Volunteering can help you gain confidence by giving you the chance to try something new and build a real sense of achievement.
Make a difference
Volunteering can have a real and valuable positive affect on people, communities and society in general.
Volunteering can help you meet different kinds of people and make new friends.
Be part of a community
Volunteering can help you feel part of something outside your friends and family.
Have fun! Most volunteers have a great time, regardless of why they do it.
Mental Health Benefits of Volunteering (Mental Health Foundation)
Helping others feels good
There is some evidence to suggest that when you help others, it can promote physiological changes in the brain linked with happiness.
Helping others can also improve our support networks and encourage us to be more active. This, in turn, can improve our self-esteem.
It creates a sense of belonging and reduces isolation
Volunteering and helping others can also help us feel a sense of belonging, make new friends and connect with our community. Face-to-face activities such as volunteering can also help reduce loneliness and isolation.
It helps keep things in perspective
Many people don’t realise the impact that a different perspective can have on their outlook on life.
Helping others, especially those less fortunate than yourself, can help put things into perspective and make you feel more positive. There is some evidence that being aware of your own acts of kindness and the things you are grateful for can increase feelings of happiness, optimism, and satisfaction. Doing good may help you have a more positive outlook on your circumstances.
It helps make the world happier
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 optimism.
It may also encourage others to repeat the good deed that they’ve experienced themselves – contributing to a more positive community.
The more you do for others, the more you do for yourself
The benefits of helping others can last long after the act itself, both for you and them.