Volunteering: a win win for us and our volunteers

This year marks the 40th anniversary of Volunteers’ Week, a celebration of the remarkable contributions of volunteers across the UK. Here we reflect on how volunteering positively impacts both us and the individuals that volunteer for us.

We couldn’t do it without you

For charities like ourselves, volunteers are invaluable. They bring diverse skills, fresh perspectives, and boundless energy, often enabling us to extend our reach and amplify our impact. Whether it’s lending a hand at our new Grief Kind Space, supporting fundraising events, or providing professional expertise pro bono, volunteers make a significant difference. Their efforts help us achieve goals that might otherwise be impossible due to budget constraints.

Michele Gard, COBH Charity Director, emphasised the critical role of volunteers: “Our volunteers are vital to the hospice. They provide compassionate support to our patients and their families, allowing us to deliver the highest quality of care. They also provide vital support for our fundraising events. Their dedication and kindness make an immeasurable difference in the lives of those we look after, and we are incredibly grateful for their unwavering commitment.”

Volunteers also, often become passionate advocates for the causes they support. Their first hand experiences can inspire others to get involved, creating a ripple effect of increased awareness and participation. This enhanced community engagement can lead to a stronger support network and greater resources for the charity.

Giving something back

The act of volunteering offers many benefits for the individuals who give their time and talents. Firstly, it provides a sense of purpose and fulfilment. Knowing that your efforts are contributing to a greater good can be incredibly rewarding and boost overall well-being.

Volunteering also offers excellent opportunities for personal growth and skill development. Many charities provide training and experiences that can enhance a volunteer’s CV, making them more attractive to future employers. Skills such as teamwork, leadership, problem-solving, and time management are often honed through volunteer work.

Additionally, volunteering can expand social networks and foster community connections. Working alongside like-minded individuals can lead to lasting friendships and professional contacts. For many, the social aspect of volunteering is as enriching as the work itself.

Finally, numerous studies have highlighted the mental and physical health benefits associated with volunteering. Regular volunteers often report lower stress levels, improved mood, and even better physical health. The sense of community and purpose that comes from helping others can be a powerful antidote to the challenges of modern life.

Sue Seffron, a volunteer at COBH, says “Myself and my family will always be eternally grateful for all the wonderful care and support given to my late husband and my family. Therefore, first and foremost I volunteer at the hospice to give a little something back. When my husband died, volunteering gave me something else to focus on other than the immense grief I was experiencing. Getting out and meeting people from all walks of life and with unique experiences has helped me enormously.”

Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Volunteers’ Week

As we celebrate the 40th anniversary of Volunteers Week this week, the spirit of volunteerism remains as vital as ever. The collective efforts of volunteers continue to strengthen communities, support vulnerable populations, and drive positive change. Volunteers’ Week not only celebrates these contributions but also encourages more people to join this rewarding journey.

Through volunteering, we gain the vital support needed to care for people with life limiting illnesses and support our fundraising, while our volunteers enrich their own lives through meaningful contributions, personal growth, and community involvement. It’s a classic win-win scenario, making the world a better place, one volunteer at a time.

If you are interested in volunteering for the charity or hospice please email us for call us on 01264 359789 or more information on the roles we have available.

Volunteering: a win win for us and our volunteers
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