People choose to volunteer with Romsey Young Carers for many reasons. For some it offers the chance to give something back to the community. For others it provides an opportunity to develop new skills or build on existing experience and knowledge. Regardless of the motivation, what unites them all is that they find it both challenging and rewarding.
You’ll be giving something back
Volunteering connects you to others
Use your skills to benefit others
Romsey Young Carers helped me so I decided to volunteer and give something back. - Jake, young carer and now volunteer
It is great fun with the children. It is a privilege to spend time with such a fantastic group of children. - Mary, volunteer
I thought it was something I could drop in and out of - choose which activities I help with. I have always worked with children - but through Romsey Young Carers I can enjoy them without too much responsibility! - Jan, volunteer
Volunteering is good for you
There has been lots of anecdotal evidence that volunteering is good for you, but now it is official!
According to a study carried out in 2008 by the University of Wales for Volunteering England:
"...it shows a clear link between volunteering and good health both for volunteers and health service users.
Volunteering can increase volunteers’ longevity, improve their mental health, keep them fitter, and enable them to cope better with illness when it occurs. Volunteering also has a positive impact on a range of factors affecting health service users including their self-esteem, disease management, adoption of healthy behaviours, compliance with medical treatment and relationships with health care professionals..."