Benefits of volunteering

Being a volunteer has lots of benefits. It can bring meaning and purpose to your life, while increasing your self-esteem and wellbeing. Volunteering can also relieve stress, and alleviate symptoms of depression. As well as having a positive impact on your community, volunteering can improve your relationships.

What do you hope to get out of volunteering?

Volunteering can be very meaningful and enjoyable, and in turn may be good for your mental health and wellbeing.

Volunteering can:
• give you a sense of achievement and purpose
• help you feel part of a community
• help you feel better about yourself by improving your self-esteem and confidence
• help you share your talents, learn new skills and create a better work-life balance
• help combat stress, loneliness, social isolation and depression
• help you meet new people, which can help you feel more connected and valued

Social benefits of volunteering

Volunteering is a great way to meet new people and build healthy relationships. It strengthens your ties to the community and exposes you to people with similar interests.

Volunteering also gives you the opportunity to practise and develop your social skills.

Because volunteering keeps you in regular contact with others, it can also help you develop a solid support base. As well as helping to protect you against stress and depression, volunteering can help with mental health recovery.

Paddle Queensland would love to hear from you and discuss how you can contribute to helping us achieve Our Mission ‘More People Paddling, More of the Time’.

For more information please contact Andrea Wood.

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