Why volunteer?

Man in white tshirt with the word "Volunteer" on it smiling at the camera while holding a trowel

It's official: giving back is good for you! Here at Grow Wild we're inspired by the Five Ways to Wellbeing, which identify that doing more of these five things can help improve your wellbeing:

  • Connect (to nature and each other)
  • Be active
  • Take notice (of the world around you)
  • Keep learning
  • Give

The good news is that volunteering can help you meet several of these things at once, especially if you volunteer with a growing group, or you decide to join a local fungus group.

Research by NCVO (an organisation that champions the voluntary sector and volunteering) shows that volunteering can have a positive impact on the person volunteering, as well as helping charities and local groups achieve more in their community.

Many organisations, especially smaller, local ones, rely on volunteers; in the UK  just over a third of people formally volunteer at least once a year and around a fifth formally volunteer at least once a month*, so if you're one of the two thirds of people that don't currently volunteer, why not give it a go? You can build your skills and improve your health and wellbeing, and the organisation you help will get even more done - it's a win-win!

So what are you waiting for? Search our map to see if there are any projects or sites local to you that are looking for volunteers - use the Search by Keyword filter and tick 'volunteering opportunities' at the top of the map.

* Statistics from the UK Civil Society Almanac 2016/17: https://data.ncvo.org.uk/a/almanac18/volunteering-overview-2015-16/