As an older person, you will have generated a wealth of skills during your working years. This is something that is highly valued by organisations looking for volunteers. The benefits of voluntary work are extensive. While you are giving back to society and making a difference to others, you can also experience many positive effects on your own wellbeing.
1. Social Benefits of Volunteering
Volunteering helps you to connect with your community and hep make it a better place. One of the best ways to get out and make new friends is to take part in a shared interest activity together. It can be a great way to meet people if you are new to an area, or a great way to build relationships with people around you. If you find it hard to be outgoing and meet new people, this could really help to broaden your social horizons.
2. Confidence Boost
As we move into our later years and have less people relying on us, you can begin to feel undervalued and have a dip in confidence levels. Organisations are extremely grateful to have a volunteer with a lot of experience in the working world. Giving up your time to a cause that really appreciates your work has a great effect on your self-image. Being valued as a volunteer and as a member of the community can help to boost you back to your former self.
3. Personally Fulfilling
Volunteering can be a time to pursue your own personal goals and interests. By incorporating your passions into your voluntary work, you can get a great sense of pride and satisfaction from what you’re doing. Perhaps you have always had a love for animals and would like to help out at a shelter? Maybe you have an interest in gardening and would like to help clean up the local green areas? Whatever you choose, volunteering in something you’re interested in will help to motivate you to make a change.
4. Learn New Skills
It’s never too late to learn new skills and you may find yourself taking an interest in something you never expected. While it is beneficial to pursue your goals and interests in your voluntary work, it can also be an opportunity to uncover some hobby or activity which can bring a lot of happiness to your life.
5. Keeping Mind and Body Active
It is extremely important to keep active, particularly in your senior years. Being a volunteer can keep you active in mind or body (or both). Voluntary work can include physical activity which can help you to keep fit without having to head to the gym. It can also keep challenging you to come up with new ideas and help you to keep mentally stimulated.
There are many types of voluntary work that you can get involved with. Have a look at the Volunteering England website for advice and information. With the right help, you’ll be able to find a position that you love in no time!