The Benefits of Volunteer Work Many people may think that they are busy enough as it is without the added responsibility of participating in volunteer work. With a full-time job, family commitments and allowing time for a social life making time for volunteering can seem like an unnecessary inconvenience. However, there are multiple benefits to be gained from helping others in your spare time. Here are some reasons why you might want to consider volunteer work: Help To Improve Your Community Taking part in a volunteer project in your local area can help you to connect with your local community. Taking part in, or organising a clean-up operation or renovation project in your community is a great way to give something back to the area you live in and will also make your town or city a nicer place to live. Develop New Skills Volunteering can open doors to exciting opportunities that can allow you develop and learn new skills. Many local groups and associations have facilities that can allow you to learn something new if you commit to helping their organisation. Have you ever fancied becoming a radio DJ? Why not see if you can volunteer at the local hospital or community radio station; as well as providing a service for your local community you will be able to learn how to conduct live broadcasts and operate a radio studio. Meet New People You needn't choose between a social life and volunteering. If you pick an area that you are interested in the chances are you will be mixing with like minded people and the shared experiences can create a great basis for friendship. Helping others can also broaden your horizons and allow you to meet people from outside of your usual social circles. Improve Your CV With the competition for job opportunities as fierce as ever displaying that you have completed volunteer work may give you the edge on a rival. Companies are looking for rounded individuals and completing volunteering can display dedication, communication and organisational skills. Volunteering in certain industries can even help you to gain a job in that profession. Sense of Purpose and achievement Ultimately volunteering work is about helping people. Completing a community project or providing a useful service can provide a great sense of satisfaction. Helping others can provide your life with a sense of purpose and can really make you feel good about yourself. Research has shown that people who take part in volunteer projects experience receive a boost to their self-esteem, confidence and self worth. Volunteering has also been found to provide health benefits for those who take part. Volunteers noticed an improvement in mental health with particular benefits received by older volunteers. So it really is a win-win situation.