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TheSocialBenefitsofVolunteeringShireofGoomalling

ShireofGoomalling
GatewaytotheCentralWheatbelt
WesternAustralia

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Volunteeringhasameaningfulandpositiveimpactonyourcommunity.Howeveritcanalsobenefitthe
individualwhoisperformingthevoluntarywork.

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Volunteeringandsocialsupport
Peoplewithincreasedsocialcontactsandstrongersupportnetworkshavelower
prematuredeathratesandfewerhealthriskfactors.
Socialnetworksprovidebothemotionalbenefitsandactualassistanceintimesofneed.
Volunteeringhelpsindividualsforminterpersonaltiesanddeveloptheirsocialnetworks.

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Volunteeringandhealthyaging

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Volunteeringamongseniorshasbeenlinkedtoimprovedqualityoflife,strongersocial
networksandincreasedlevelsofphysicalactivity.
Manyseniorsareatriskofsocialisolationanddecreasedsocialactivity.Volunteering
canhelptocounterthis.
Volunteeringactivitythroughoutadultyearspromoteshealthyagingandactivityinolder
age.
Volunteerismcontributestosuccessfulagingbyenhancingoneslifesatisfactionand
senseofwellbeing,senseofpurpose,selfconfidenceandpersonalgrowth.
Volunteeringenhanceshealthbecauseindividualswithmanyintereststendtohave
increasedwellbeing.

Volunteeringanddevelopingcommunitybonds
Cohesioninacommunityreflectsgroupmembership,civicparticipation,social
networks,levelsoftrustandinformationsharinginherentinsocialrelations.
Communitybonds,socialinteractionandrelationshipsthatpromotecooperationtendto
easethestressesofdailylife.
Increasesincommunityparticipation,suchasmembershipofvoluntaryorganisations,
arereflectedinincreasesincommunityhealth.
Socialparticipationthroughvolunteeringisanimportantelementofhealthy,integrated
andsecurecommunities.
Volunteerorganisationspositivelyimpactuponfactorsthatinfluencehealthby
encouraginginteractionbetweencommunitymembers.

Volunteeringandselfenhancement
Increasingyoursocialintegrationaidswithyourabilitytocopewithstress.
Youngpeoplecanbenefitfromvolunteeringintermsofenhancedconfidenceandself
esteemthroughskillsdevelopment.
Volunteersoftenreportimprovingtheirinterpersonalskillsaswellasgainingbetter
communication,organisationalandmanagerialskills.

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Reference:CanadianHealthNetwork(2005)VolunteeringasaVehicleforSocialSupportandLifeSasfaconhp://www.phac
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