Benefits of volunteering
Volunteering enables you to connect to your community and make it better place to live. Dedicating your time as a volunteer can also help you make new friends, expand both your social and professional networks and boost your skills.
The benefits of volunteering can be even greater for you; the volunteer. Supporting others through volunteering can help you reduce stress; combat depression; keep you mentally stimulated; and provide a sense of purpose; volunteers are often describeed as the glue that holds a community together. Being a volunteer is a good way of gaining experience in a working environment. This could also offer a useful source for references for future job applications.
While it's true that the more you volunteer, the more benefits you'll experience, volunteering doesn't have to involve a long-term commitment or take a huge amount of time out of your busy day.Giving your time in simpler ways can help others in need and help you to improve your health and happiness.
Does volunteering affect your benefits?
Becoming a volunteer with HCHfH will not affect any benfits you might receive. There is nothing to worry abut, provided you inform your Benefits Officer or Job Centre and you're willing to:
- Continue looking for a job
- Give up being a volunteer to start a job
- Start work at 48 hours notice
Also, you should not receive any payment for your voluntary work, other than expenses. If you want any further information you should contact your Benefits Officer and ask for leaflet WK4.