Volunteering is good for you
26 January 2015
Here at St Oswald's we have over 1400 volunteers in over 120 different volunteering roles, from patient focused roles and support roles, to volunteering in our shops or with our fundraising team.
Our volunteers are the lifeblood of the Hospice, enabling us to continue to provide the quality care and services we are committed to.
However, have you ever thought about how volunteering can also benefit you?
Volunteering is good for your mental and physical wellbeing:
- It helps you stay fit and active.
- It builds confidence and self-esteem.
- Studies show it can reduce stress, combat depression and lessen symptoms of both chronic pain and heart disease.
Volunteering can enhance your career prospects:
- It strengthens a range of transferable skills and provides invaluable work experience.
- 80% of employers say that they value volunteering when looking at CV’s.
- 70% of employers say those who volunteer have a better chance of earning a higher salary and gaining promotions.
- We offer nationally recognised NVQs to volunteers in our charity shops. Find out more.
Volunteering is great for your social life:
- It is an excellent opportunity to meet new people and make friends - more than 50% of those over 60 say that making new friends was one of the reasons they volunteer.
To learn more about volunteering at St Oswald’s Hospice, please see our current opportunities or contact us.
The National Citizenship Survey conducted by the Department for Communities and Local Government (2008-2009)
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