Volunteering is great! It’s a great way to make positive change happen, and a great way of doing something you believe in!
I love volunteering – I remember my first time I decided just to try volunteering with the Suffolk Wildlife Trust, it was only once a week. But instantly I met so many friends – they were chatty, happy, positive and funny people who made me feel extremely welcome. They were helpful and their knowledge was infectious – I’ve learnt so much from them. The work was hard, but interspersed with laughs and chat – I just wanted more. Having been sitting at home for the past 4 weeks of a 10 week long summer (I had just finish A levels), it was just what I needed. I missed the socialising of school and my mental health was suffering. It filled a gap that school had left
Perhaps more importantly, I, for the first time, know where I wanted to go in life and what I wanted to do. I still go, weekly, to this day (in fact, I’m sitting here having just done it again earlier today). But little did I imagine then that I would have made so many friends, and met so many people and made so many more connections.
I have grown both mentally, socially, and physically because of them. I am more confident socially and I am stronger. But if nothing else, I have made many friends, and the difference I have helped to create, through nature volunteering, I hope will help to conserve wildlife for the foreseeable future (and yet face it, wildlife is suffering many challenges at the moment and needs all the help it can get)!
I writing about the power of volunteering because I want you to find your voice and being part of something can help you to find your passion, your love, and can, ultimately, help you make a positive change to the world. It will not only bring many benefits to you and your mental health but it will also help to empower you and find your voice in the world.