The role volunteers play in society

Last week was national volunteers’ week, a chance to celebrate the role volunteers play in society.

Their impact is immense. Some studies have put the value at over £50bn, making the voluntary sector as big as the energy industry. But it’s a two-way street. There is a growing body of research that suggests volunteering is good for your health, particularly mentally.

It can help bring stability, improve self-esteem, reduce social isolation and help people learn new skills. For many, it can be a gateway to paid employment, which in turn has its own benefits.

In fact, there’s plenty of evidence a whole range of social and practical activities can improve the wellbeing of people. BBC 13/06/2016.

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