A new survey published today by Citizens Advice to mark Volunteers’ Week reveals that six in ten people say volunteering reduces stress, boosts employability, self-esteem and health.
The new report ‘CAB volunteering – how everyone benefits’ also reveals that 6 in 10 people who give their time to the Citizens Advice service feel less stressed as a result.
The research found volunteering can be particularly beneficial for people who suffer with mental health problems. Three-quarters of individuals identified with mental health issues said that “volunteering helped them feel more able to manage their condition.”
Four in 4 in 5 people believe volunteering has had a positive effect on their health.
In the year 2013/14, around 100 volunteers gave over 22,000 hours of their time for Wirral CAB, equivalent to £357,000 of staffing costs, helping over 14,000 clients solve a wide variety of issues. Nationally, more than 22,000 volunteers gave up their time to help people in Citizens Advice Bureaux, resulting in more than £100 million worth of volunteering hours.
The report also finds:-
- 9 in 10 people reported an increased sense of purpose or self-esteem;
- 4 in 5 believe that they have increased their employability;
- 9 in 10 feel more engaged in their community;
- 9 in 10 feel better equipped and empowered to deal with issues in their lives- with 4 in 5 also helping friends and family.
Damon Taylor, Chief Officer of Wirral CAB, said: “Volunteers are the lifeblood of Wirral CAB and make a huge contribution to the local community, helping to support our clients each year when they need it the most. Now, these figures reveal the benefits that volunteers can expect to see themselves.”
To mark Volunteers’ Week, the Bureau’s 100 volunteers are gathering for a meeting on Wednesday, where they will celebrate their excellent work as well as hearing about new initiatives and plans for the future.
If you can spare a few hours each week and would be interested in volunteering with the Bureau, then please get in touch with either Tricia or Brenda on 0151 346 8303.