We can all agree that volunteering hugely benefits the organisation you’re working for. Especially at Maggs, we heavily rely on volunteers to deliver our core services and we are extremely lucky to boast the cohort that we do. However did you know that years of research demonstrate that there are actually benefits for volunteers themselves?

Volunteering can be a positive step toward improving your mental health and yield many advantages. So, we’ve decided to make a list of some of the key benefits on why you should add some volunteering time to your weekly routine:

Finding purpose and increasing happiness

Arguably, the most obvious point… volunteering can bring you immense joy! Did you know that a 2020 study conducted in the UK found those who volunteered reported being more satisfied with their lives and rated their overall health as better. Respondents who volunteered for at least one month also reported having better mental health than those who did not volunteer.

Whatever capacity you volunteer at, we can guarantee that volunteering will give you something meaningful to do, and it is empowering to be doing something that really does matter for your chosen charity.

Prevents feelings of isolation and increases confidence

If you’re front facing with people, for example in our Clothing Project, you get to chat to individuals, help them find what they’re looking for, which for some could be an opportunity to take you outside of your comfort zone and face your fears.

If you fear social interaction or have social anxiety, volunteering is a way to practice being around people, especially those who will not judge and only help you whilst you’re with us.

Volunteering gives you the opportunity to find your feet in a working environment. It allows you to grow your confidence on your own terms and puts you back in control!

Not forgetting the scientific and physical benefits too!

Did you know there is actually some scientific benefits to volunteering too? The joy from volunteering activates the reward centre in your brain and releases serotonin, dopamine, and endorphins.

Good feelings lift your mood and positively impact your mental health.

Develop your CV and build professional skills

Volunteering can provide you with work experience and help get you into the work force. Whether you’re new into the working field and finding out what your passion is, or a seasoned professional looking for a new challenge, volunteering is great for trying out a new hobby or activity and seeing whether this is something you want to pursue.

Employers love volunteering work on a CV, especially if this is relevant to the field you’re applying for. There may be even the opportunity to pursue leadership opportunities which would take your CV to the next level!

We make it our priority to help our volunteers improve their skills and grow as individuals, to gain skills and experience so you can hit your personal development goals!

Know that you are making a difference in your community!

We cannot say it enough that without our volunteers, we couldn’t maintain our high level of services for those experiencing homelessness. Whatever charity you choose to volunteer for, we guarantee they will be extremely grateful and you will be truly making a difference in not only one person’s life, but your overall community.

We’re always on the lookout for new volunteers to help us deliver our core services. If you’re interesting in finding out about our opportunities, please visit our Volunteering webpage or contact volunteers@maggsdaycentre.co.uk.