An active and vibrant voluntary and community sector, and the contribution of volunteers to a local area, are valuable assets which help to promote cohesion and social connections. At an individual level, volunteering can boost self-esteem, confidence and employability, and has a positive impact on both mental and physical health. Specifically, engaging in volunteering can reduce depressive symptoms. Research shows that volunteering can result in feelings of being valued, improved social wellbeing, and having a more active lifestyle, especially in retirement. 2

References

  1. Big Lottery Fund, “Big Lottery Fund National Wellbeing Evaluation,” 2011. [Online]. Available: www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/er_eval_well_being_yr2_report.pdf. [Accessed October 2016].
  2. Big Lottery Fund, “Big Lottery Fund National Wellbeing Evaluation,” 2011. [Online]. Available: www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/er_eval_well_being_yr2_report.pdf. [Accessed October 2016].