As the winter months draw in, you might find yourself with more time. Consider helping your local community through volunteering. One volunteer reveals how you, too, can make a change.
There’s nothing more fulfilling than giving back to a valuable cause, but with so many charities doing great work to help the local community and wider society, it can be hard to know where to turn when you want to lend a helping hand.
If you’re keen to look into the opportunities available to you, Volunteer Glasgow is here to help.
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Lesley first got involved with Volunteer Glasgow after attending their drop-in service.
“I had a chat with the volunteer advisor, who put me at ease right away and was very encouraging,” Lesley explains. “Volunteer Glasgow had an opportunity available in their office to join the Welcome Team, which is a reception role. It was a great fit for me and I’ve been doing it now for around two years.”
Volunteer Glasgow has an exciting range of opportunities with different charities and organisations in central Glasgow and the wider area, and there’s something for everyone.
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Volunteering has numerous benefits, for your physical and mental health, and to help support your local community, too.
Providing help and support to people in need – whether that be helping out at a foodbank, befriending an older person or tutoring a young person in their studies – volunteering exposes you to people and situations you otherwise wouldn’t have come across. This is a great way of improving your empathy, too.
But, aside from the far-reaching community benefits, it’s also a great way of meeting new friends, making connections, and learning new skills than can help you in daily life and your career.
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Volunteers also report having improved mental health, with their contributions helping to combat stress and anxiety, and improving confidence and self-purpose.
“Volunteering gives me a feeling of self-worth, confidence and I feel like I’m giving back to society,” Lesley enthuses. “The staff at Volunteer Glasgow are a blast, make me smile and feel part of the team. It’s been a good development opportunity and with their support, I know I can reach future goals that I set.”
For many, time can act as a barrier to volunteering, with work, family life and other commitments taking priority, which is completely understandable. But, the dedicated team at Volunteer Glasgow are certain they can find you a role that not only works around your busy schedule, but gives back to a cause you’re truly passionate about.
“Don’t worry about taking the leap,” Lesley encourages. “I find that the volunteering sector is very compassionate and no matter what people’s circumstances, they’re treated equally. Just pop into Volunteer Glasgow for a warm welcome and useful advice that will get you started volunteering.”
So, how will you give back to your local community?