Volunteering is just as important to St Luke’s as donations, but there are benefits for those who give their time to help us too!
- In 2014/15, approximately 47% of adults in England volunteered at least once a month on either a formal or informal basis.
- Volunteering, has been shown to reduce the incidence of stress and depression and improve life satisfaction and longevity. (Brighton & Hove JSNA 2015)
- Volunteering around retirement can help with the transition from working life to retirement. (NVCO. UK Civil Society Almanac 2015)
- 87% of surveyed employers thought that volunteering had a “positive impact on career progression for people aged 16-25”, and 90% of volunteers seemed to agree that undertaking some kind of unpaid work was beneficial to their employment prospects. (Lattitude)
- 63% of 25 to 34-year-olds say volunteering helps
them feel less stressed. 62% of over 65’s say volunteering reduces stress;
- The highest motivation for do-it.org.uk volunteers is wanting to help other people (23%), closely followed by wanting to try something new (18%) and improving their CV (17%);
- Rewarding, challenging and interesting were the top three words used by do-it.org.uk users to describe their volunteering experience.