VolunteersGetting in shape, drinking less and stopping smoking are some of the top New Year’s resolutions, but many people struggle to keep up with these resolutions through the dark, rainy days of January.

What if you could take up an activity which can benefit your health, make a difference in your local community and improve your confidence? So why not make volunteering your New Year’s Resolution and experience some of these benefits for yourself. The health benefits from being a volunteer can range from improved self-esteem to a healthier lifestyle, and can even extend your life expectancy!

Volunteering can also make you happier –  a study done by the London School of Economics found that the more people volunteered, the happier they were. Compared to people who weren’t involved in volunteering, people who volunteered monthly were 7% more likely to describe themselves as ‘very happy’. Weekly volunteers were 16% likely to feel ‘very happy’.

Benefits of volunteeringThere is a huge range of diverse volunteer opportunities available right on your doorstep – including working with children and young people, helping out at community clean-ups and environmental projects, community gardens, welfare rights, administration, volunteer drivers, supporting people with health issues, or sharing your knowledge, skills and enthusiasm on the Board of a vital local project.

Anyone can get involved in volunteering – whatever your interests or your circumstances. Opportunities vary from one-off to more regular, and many organisations will give you the chance to do a few taster sessions before you decide if the volunteer opportunity is right for you.

To find out more about volunteering with DRCET check out our Volunteer page, or come along to one of our regular Volunteer Information sessions, held monthly in the DRCET office.

WAVE MapYou can also check out the Glasgow WAVE map for information on other organisations offering volunteering opportunities in the local area – there’s everything from wood recycling to community councils and energy advice!

For information about volunteering in the wider Glasgow area check out Volunteer Glasgow for a searchable database of current volunteering opportunities.

Upcoming dates for these sessions are as follows:

  • Thursday 22nd January 12:00 – 14:00
  • Thursday 19th February 17:30 – 19:30
  • Thursday 19th March 12:00 – 14:00

If you’d like to learn more about volunteering get in touch with Katherine Mackinnon –
e: katherine@dumbartonroad.com, m: 07943 080 593 or t:0141 433 0427!