To mark Volunteer’s Week, which is running from the 1st – 7th June, we wanted to let you know about all of the amazing benefits of volunteering. We all know that volunteering can massively benefit the organisation and people you work with; but did you know that it also boosts our mental health and wellbeing?

 

Before we get into the main part of today’s blog – everyone at Sport in Mind wanted to say a massive thank you to all of our incredible volunteers who give up their time to enable local people who are experiencing mental health problems to engage in sport and physical activity. Without your help, we wouldn’t be able to make our sessions as fun, safe, and supported as they are – you make our work possible, and we can’t thank you enough!

 

Volunteering is a very simple act which usually involves helping other people – but the benefits also stretch to the volunteer themselves:

 

Improve your connection with your local community – volunteering is a brilliant way to meet new people and learn more about the community around you. It is also an opportunity to make new friends or strengthen existing relationships by volunteering together. You get to work with people who have a shared interest; all while undertaking a fun and fulfilling activity – what’s not to like?!

 

Volunteering can counteract the impacts of stress, anxiety, and depression – humans are hard-wired to want to help one another – this is in no small part due to the wave of mood-boosting hormones we get when we make someone else happy!

 

Keep you physically fit – depending on which volunteer role you choose; they can be very active and help keep you fit and active. This is especially true of Sport in Mind volunteering opportunities – and we all know the benefits of being physically active on our mental health!

 

Provide a sense of pride and purpose in our skills – volunteering is a great opportunity to use your skills to benefit other people which can give us an amazing sense of pride and purpose. It can also add structure our schedule and give us something to focus on which is positive and beneficial to ourselves and those around us.

 

Develop employable skills – just because a volunteer role is unpaid, doesn’t mean that the skills you learn will be basic. There are so many different areas where someone can volunteer, which means that you can focus on building a wide range of varied skills. This in turn can boost our self-confidence, which can help us be more open to new opportunities.

There are countless more reasons to get involved in volunteering than what is listed above, so our advice would be that if you are thinking of giving back to your community - do it! Whether you are a volunteer with Sport in Mind, or any other organisation - your kindness and generosity is invaluable to the people you work with and society as a whole!