Research by Southampton university has shown that volunteering has a positive effect on the wellbeing of older people.

The benefits to the younger volunteer may be more closely related to their employability and careers. However the self-reported improvement in mental and physical health is high in the younger volunteer too.

Is it time for doctors to prescribe volunteering?

Research shows volunteering can

  • Make you healthier
  • Feel less stressed
  • Aid weight loss
  • Reduce cholesterol
  • Give you more stamina

And if you are employed and volunteer, research showed that

  • 91% of volunteers increased their sense of pride in working for their employer
  • 85% of volunteers feel more positives about their employer overall

86% of volunteers feel they have an impact on the community