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Giving through volunteering not only helps others, but can help us feel more confident, positive and connected

Volunteering is a very positive step to take during tough times.

  • It can improve your self-esteem and happiness, and give you a sense of satisfaction because you’re doing something for other people and to help the community.

  • It can give you a sense of pride and identity, helping you to build a positive view of your life and the future.

  • It is a great way to make new friends who can support you through tough times.

  • It can improve your mood and reduce stress and anxiety, especially if you’re working with animals.

Think about what you like doing and who you would like to help, and give it a go!

"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world."

- Anne Frank

Where can I find volunteering opportunities?

Try...

  • Community theatres, museums
  • Libraries 
  • Local animal shelters, rescue organisations, wildlife centres
  • Scout and Guide organisations, youth groups
  • Sports teams, after-school clubs
  • Historical restorations, conservation organisations
  • Churches, temples, mosques, synagogues, other religious places.

Volunteering Gloucestershire lists opportunities for younger volunteers:

Volunteering Gloucestershire

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust welcomes volunteers who want to try something new:

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust