Help others

If you’re able to lend a hand to family, friends, or neighbours who can’t grocery shop, shovel snow, walk their dog, or get to a medical appointment, doing so can reap benefits for them and you.

Doing a good deed for someone helps release those feel-good chemicals in our bodies and is good for both mental and physical health. Even the smallest acts can  have a big impact.

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Volunteering and its Surprising Benefits

Volunteering can help you make friends, learn new skills, advance your career, and even feel happier and healthier.

With busy lives, it can be hard to find time to volunteer. However, the benefits of volunteering can be enormous. Volunteering offers vital help to people in need, worthwhile causes, and the community, but the benefits can be even greater for you, the volunteer. The right match can help you to find friends, connect with the community, learn new skills, and even advance your career.

Giving to others can also help protect your mental and physical health. It can reduce stress, combat depression, keep you mentally stimulated, and provide a sense of purpose. While it’s true that the more you volunteer, the more benefits you’ll experience, volunteering doesn’t have to involve a long-term commitment or take a huge amount of time out of your busy day. Giving in even simple ways can help those in need and improve your health and happiness.

Benefits of volunteering: 4 ways to feel healthier and happier

Volunteering connects you to others.

Volunteering is good for your mind and body.

Volunteering can advance your career.

Volunteering brings fun and fulfillment to your life.


Want to Volunteer?

With the rapid development of coronavirus, volunteering has become even more crucial to our communities.

Volunteering can make a real difference to your own life and the lives of those around you. There are loads of ways to get involved and plenty of organisations that can help you find your dream role.

So how do you go about finding the right volunteering role for you? Here are three steps to follow:

  1. Think about what interests or excites you. This could be something you enjoyed doing before, or something completely new.
  2. Think about what time or skills you can give.With so many opportunities to choose from, it's a great idea to narrow down the choices by deciding what you're willing to give.
  3. Get researching! You can:
    • go to your local volunteer centre (HIVE)
    • search the internet
    • ask friends what they do
    • or check out one of the online opportunity finders here