Many studies show that volunteering does more than make people feel good.
Volunteering enhances social networks, improves mental health and contributes to higher levels of happiness, self-esteem, self-worth and life satisfaction.
Many people volunteer to meet new people, contribute to causes they care about, learn new skills or develop connections for their careers.
If you want to improve your experience in your community and gain valuable skills, volunteering may be for you.
Bridge Volunteers say:
“It gives me a sense of wellbeing, the organisation has helped me and I want to give something back to show gratitude.”
“Coming in to volunteer gives me a sense of purpose for the day, something to get up for that I enjoy and where I know I will be appreciated, it gives me something to do. Volunteering helps my self esteem as I am doing something useful that I know helps others.”
“Volunteering is a way of learning new skills, I can get training when it’s available which builds my confidence and knowledge and can also be added to a CV if I need to.”
“I’ve taken from society for a long time and want to contribute to society instead.”