There are many and varied reasons why people choose to volunteer and with most people now having very busy lives it can be difficult to find the time. However, the benefits of volunteering are enormous not only to the cause you support but to you, your family and your local community.
Here are just a few of the ways that volunteering can be beneficial to you:
Volunteering in one of our shops or with one of our Friends Groups can help connect you with your local community. If you have recently moved it can help you get to know your neighbourhood and make new friends. Whilst some people are naturally outgoing, others are shy and find it more difficult to meet new people. Volunteering gives you the opportunity to practice and develop your social skills.
Good for your mind and your body
There is lots of evidence that volunteering has a positive impact on your health. Volunteering England commissioned the University of Wales, Lampeter to undertake a systematic review of published research. The review found that volunteering can increase volunteers’ longevity, improve their mental health, keep them fitter, and enable them to cope better with illness when it occurs. Volunteering also has a positive impact on a range of factors affecting health service users including their self-esteem, disease management, adoption of healthy behaviours, compliance with medical treatment and relationships with health care professionals.
Can boost your career options
Volunteering can be a great way to enhance your CV by gaining new skills, knowledge and experience and developing existing skills and knowledge. At Shooting Star Chase we are happy to use your existing skills or, if you prefer, there are often opportunities to learn new skills in areas you may not have experienced. Young volunteers aged 16+ can work in our shops or can experience the hospice environment by applying for a place on our youth volunteering scheme working in the kitchen at Christopher’s or Shooting Star House. All volunteers are given an induction and training appropriate to their role.
Fun and fulfillment
Volunteering can be a fun way to explore new interests. If you have a desk job, you might find it fulfilling to volunteer at the weekends at some of our events or you can escape from your day to day routine of family commitments by helping in one of our shops. Volunteering can help you feel valued and part of a team whilst making a vital contribution to the families with a child or young person with a life-limiting condition.
But don’t take our word for it – see what some of our current volunteers have to say about their experience at Shooting Star Chase.