Volunteering in Bedfordshire
Volunteering can be a positive way to spend time and be involved in the local community. Research shows that the benefits of volunteering can include:
- A longer life
Being a volunteer extends your life expectancy, when compared with non-volunteers.
- Ability to cope with ill health
Volunteering can help people come to terms with their own illness and help take their mind off their own problems.
- Meeting new people
Volunteering is a good way to meet people. This can be vital for older volunteers and people who might be isolated or not particularly integrated into society.
- Improved family relationships
A study comparing older volunteers with older non-volunteers had better relationships with their family.
- Improved self-esteem and sense of purpose
Volunteering can bring back your self-esteem and motivate you. Improved self-esteem can have an effect on other areas of your health and life.
There are a number of agencies co-ordinating opportunities to volunteer including:
The Council for Voluntary Service – Mid and North Beds
Voluntary and Community Action – Central Bedfordshire
Bedford Volunteer Centre
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