WHY VOLUNTEERING IN DONEGAL CAN BE GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH

first_imgJohn Curran Manager of the DVC pictured with Bernard McDyre from BloodbikesIt’s official. Volunteering is good for you and Donegal!While we in Donegal Volunteer Centre have long been proponents of the positive impact that volunteering can have on individuals and communities, the OECD has now placed volunteering at the heart of its latest research.A new report, How’s Life?, describes the essential ingredients that shape people’s wellbeing in OECD and partner countries. It includes a wide variety of statistics, including capturing a range of data on volunteering. When we think of volunteering we often think of the benefit to the service user or even charities. But what about the impact on the volunteer? According to the OECD, the impact is pretty significant.Volunteering helps people to acquire new skills, which supports their personal development and often has benefits in their professional life. Anecdotal links have always been drawn between volunteering and increased employability – and there’s no denying that volunteering is great way to develop skills. According to How’s life?, those who volunteer have higher skills and in some cases can earn up to 14% more than non-volunteers.On a more subjective level, the 2013 American Time Use survey explored the correlation between happiness and volunteering activities. Those that volunteered reported higher levels of life satisfaction and on average experienced an extra hour of happiness a day on days when they volunteered. The connection between volunteering and health and wellbeing cannot be understated.Volunteering is a unique way to give back to the community and provides many volunteers with a sense of purpose and satisfaction. It allows the volunteer to make a real difference in their local area, to meet new people and to interact with people from a wide variety of backgrounds. Statistics like the above are great and can provide us with hard data, but what about real life. A great example of the real impact of volunteering can be seen with Bloodbikes Northwest, a group of volunteers supporting the transfer between hospitals of supplies such as blood and breast milk for new babies. These volunteers are having a direct impact on daily life in Donegal. This Volunteering has made a significant positive impact on all our lives.Many people would like to volunteer but are yet to take the first step. With such a wealth of benefits and nothing to lose, why delay? Visit www.volunteerdonegal.ieor contact John & Caroline on 074 9126740 to start your volunteering journey today.WHY VOLUNTEERING IN DONEGAL CAN BE GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH was last modified: October 22nd, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalhealthJohn Curranvolunteeringlast_img

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