As part of Volunteers’ Week 2021, Angele Tilly, Volunteer Manager at Career Ready, shares why becoming a volunteer is good for your health and wellbeing.

As Volunteer Manager at Career Ready, you may think I am biased when I say that volunteering is amazing. After all, it’s an amazing way to be involved with your community and help build a fair society. But did you know that volunteering is also good for your health?

Research shows that regular volunteering can improve happiness, life satisfaction, self-esteem, physical health, and wider wellbeing. A study conducted by the Buck Institute for Age Research found that those who volunteered for two or more different organisation had 44% lower mortality rate than those who didn’t do any volunteering at all.

And, in new research on the power of volunteering with Career Ready, 72% of our volunteers said that the experience had a positive impact on their wellbeing.

Moreover, a 2008 study found that those who engaged in behaviour such as “volunteered my time”, “gave money to a person in need” or “listened carefully to another’s point of view” were happier, more satisfied with their lives, and had a greater sense of wellbeing.

There you have it, volunteering is proven to be just as good for you as it is for those you support. So, take the time to fit in some self-care: find the right opportunity for you and get volunteering!

Become a Career Ready volunteer and make a lasting difference.