What do you get out of volunteering?
Volunteering enables you to connect with your community and make it a better place to live. Volunteers are often described as the glue that holds a community together. Dedicating your time as a volunteer can also help you make new friends, expand both your social and professional networks and boost your skills.
Supporting others through volunteering can also help you reduce stress, combat depression, keep you mentally stimulated and provide a sense of purpose.
Being a volunteer is a good way of gaining experience in a working environment which could also offer a useful source for references for future job applications.
Over 100 of our volunteers have already moved on to careers in health and social care or have become foster parents. A similar number have raised their skills and confidence through volunteering and have gone on to higher education. We are pleased and honoured to support them. HCHfH offers a great way to test out a possible change of career. We provide references and an evidenced programme of certified courses and supervised experience, if our volunteers want to pursue either employment or educational opportunities.
While it is true that the more you volunteer, the more benefits you experience, volunteering does not have to involve a long-term commitment or take a huge amount of time out of your busy day.
What do our volunteers say?
Does volunteering affect your benefits?
Becoming a volunteer with HCHfH will not affect any benefits you might receive. There is nothing to worry about, provided you inform your Benefits Officer or Job Centre and you are willing to:
You should not receive any payment for your voluntary work, other than expenses. If you would like any further information, you should contact your Benefits Officer and ask for leaflet WK4.
Giving your time in small ways can help others in need and help you to improve your health and happiness.