How can volunteering help you keep your New Year resolutions?

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It's that time of year again when lots of us are thinking about self-improvement and developing new habits. It's too easy to make New Year resolutions and then fail to keep them. Volunteering Hounslow are giving you the opportunity to tackle all your New Year resolutions at once by taking up volunteering!

We match volunteers with volunteering opportunities of all sorts. Having been volunteers ourselves, we understand how fantastic volunteering can be but we also know that without volunteers, many organisations couldn’t function. If you’ve never volunteered before, it’s easy to get involved and the benefits are enormous.

What are the benefits of volunteering?

Here are five reasons why volunteering is the perfect way to work towards your resolutions in 2018:

To become healthier – The secret to feeling healthier might not be at the gym, but by volunteering. Research shows that volunteering is great for both your physical and mental wellbeing. A lot of our opportunities require a substantial amount of standing and moving around so will keep you fit. Moreover, by volunteering you may even be inspired to take on a new active hobby or interest.

To meet new people – You are bound to notice a positive impact on your social life from volunteering. You will meet and make friends with people from all walks of life as well as getting the chance to build on your social skills and gain confidence. Volunteering is also a great way of combating the social isolation faced by many people of all ages.

To boost your CV – If you are looking for ways to brighten up your CV, volunteering is perfect. It looks great to employers; it will give you many valuable skills to talk about in job interviews and will demonstrate commitment and character.

To travel and experience new things – We have volunteering opportunities all over Hounslow and we think it’s a great way to become more familiar with your local area. It will also introduce you to new experiences that may have previously been outside of your comfort zone.

To help others – Whether it’s supporting a small local organisation or a big one-off event these organisations wouldn’t be able to run without the help of volunteers. By volunteering with these organisations, you will also get the chance to brighten up someone's day by helping out and encouraging them to develop their confidence and experience.

It’s easy to take the next steps to help you keep your 2018 New Year resolutions!

Just subscribe to the fortnightly Volunteering Hounslow newsletter full of opportunities to you can apply for, or sign up right now for our free service to start searching for your very own perfect volunteering opportunity. You can see and apply for a sample of some of our available opportunities here.