Volunteer Work.

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If you’re considering a new career, volunteering can help you get experience in your area of interest and meet people in the field. Volunteering gives you the opportunity to practice skills used in the workplace, such as teamwork, communication, problem solving, project planning, task management, and organisation. One of the better-known benefits of volunteering is the impact on the community. Unpaid volunteers are often the glue that holds a community together. Volunteering allows you to connect to your community and make it a better place. 

 

Volunteering also strengthens your ties to the community and broadens your support network, exposing you to people with common interests, neighbourhood resources, and fun and fulfilling activities but can also help to…

  • Make new friends and contacts. One of the best ways to make new friends and strengthen existing relationships is to commit to a shared activity together. Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, especially if you are new to an area and increases your social and relationship skills. 
  • Volunteering increases self-confidence. 
  • Volunteering combats depression. Reducing the risk of depression is another important benefit of volunteering. A key risk factor for depression is social isolation. Volunteering keeps you in regular contact with others and helps you develop a solid support system, which in turn protects you against stress and depression when you’re going through challenging times. 
  • Volunteering is good for your health at any age, but it’s especially beneficial in older adults. 
  • Volunteering can provide career experience
  • Volunteering can teach you valuable job skills

When it comes to volunteering, passion and positivity are the only requirements and keep in mind that the most valuable skills you can bring to any volunteer effort are compassion, an open mind, willingness to do whatever is needed and a positive attitude.

 


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