HAVE YOU HEARD!
Volunteering – It’s good for body and soul
In today’s world people who are more active, feel valued, have a network of friends and are happy to participate in meaningful activities. Getting involved in volunteering can offer these benefits and more, and there is a well-established and growing body of evidence to support this.
Volunteer Now has carried out some *research with people in Northern Ireland aged 50+ and has found that
• 75% of respondents described their life as either very active or quite active. Volunteers were more likely to say that they were active than non-volunteers.
• The majority of respondents stated that getting involved in volunteering had increased their social interaction with people from different age groups (69%), encouraging more intergenerational contact through volunteering
The benefits of volunteering are wide and varied. It can help:
• improve confidence
• encourage socialising and prevent loneliness and isolation
• provide opportunities to have fun and learn new skills
• improve physical and mental health
Volunteer Now are encouraging people to consider volunteering as an option to taking their 5 Steps to Wellbeing – Connecting with people and giving back not only helps others, but is proven to make us feel better about ourselves.
CONNECT - Meet new people and get involved with groups, organisations and causes
BE ACTIVE - Enhance your physical and mental health. Volunteering can be tailored to suit your own ability
KEEP LEARNING - Share your existing skills and learn new skills
TAKE NOTICE - Look out for a neighbour and generally be aware of the world around you
GIVE - Volunteer your time to help others. One small action can have a huge impact
The current pandemic has without doubt limited the availability of some volunteering opportunities however as we slowing return to the ‘new normal’ many voluntary organisations urgently need help. No long-term commitment is necessary – even an hour of your time can make a difference so why not choose volunteering and take a step to improving your health and wellbeing!
To have a look at opportunities available throughout Northern Ireland choose the search facility on www.volunteernow.co.uk
To find out more ways to volunteer and give, visit our Take 5 steps to wellbeing list here.
*Making the Connection 2: A Further Exploration of the Attitudes, Lifestyle and Volunteering Activity of the 50+ Age Group in Northern Ireland’)