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How Volunteering Benefits You

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We all know the benefits that volunteering can have on the local community, but what can ‘giving back’ give back to volunteers themselves?

As it turns out, a lot! Volunteering for your local club or community organisation is proven to make you a happier and healthier person. With advantages like these, why wouldn’t you volunteer?!

 

Be happier

It’s proven, volunteers are happier, healthier and even sleep better than those who don’t volunteer! Just a few hours a week can make a big difference to your mood, resulting in a ‘helper’s high’.

 

Make new friends

Volunteering is all about collaboration, so you’re likely to find yourself working with like-minded people in your local community. This is a great way to form new connections and make friends.

 

Learn new skills

Volunteering is the perfect way to gain work experience and learn new skills. Most local clubs and organisations will be happy to match you to a role that suits your skills or interests. Down the track, this experience will look great on your resume and show prospective employers that you’re community-minded.

 

Connect with your community

We all lead busy lives which can make it tough to feel connected to the community we live in. For some of us, feeling socially isolated can result in poor mental and physical health. Volunteering for a local club or organisation is a nice way to form that local connection, giving you a sense of purpose and fulfillment. Need more inspiration, check out Colin ‘Tiny’ Nelson’s story.

 

Top tip for clubs:

Why not share this article with your club community? Better yet, download our free Volunteer Recruitment Poster to display in your club rooms.

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