No, we aren’t making this up. Studies have found that when you stop thinking about your own problems and focus on someone other than yourself, your stress levels start to decrease, your immune system is strengthened and your overall sense of life satisfaction increases. This is because helping someone else interrupts tension-producing patterns and replaces it with a sense of purpose emotions and high confidence levels.
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 ideal, to narrow down the choices by deciding what you are willing to give.
3 Get Researching
Contact your local Volunteer Centre, ask friends what they do, search the Internet.
People choose to volunteer for a variety of reasons. For some it offers the chance to give something back to the community or make a difference to the people around them. For others it provides an opportunity to develop new skills or build on existing experience and knowledge. Regardless of the motivation, what unites them all is that they find it both challenging and rewarding.
Volunteer Centre Sandwell is a local organisation that provides support, advice and guidance to volunteers and the organisations that involve them. If you want to find an opportunity in your local area, this can be an ideal place to start. Call 0121 544 8326 or visit the website.