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Volunteering for SBHI

  • When you volunteer for Spina Bifida Hydrocephalus Ireland you are ultimately transforming the lives of people living with spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus. Volunteering has been at the core of the SBHI organisation and we need people like you to ensure this legacy continues!
  • With busy lives, it can be hard to find time to volunteer. However, the benefits of volunteering are enormous to you, your family, your community, and SBHI. The right opportunity can help you find friends, work with people living with a disability, learn new skills, and even advance your career. Volunteering can also benefit your mental and physical health.
  • Volunteering connects you to others…
    • • Unpaid volunteers are often the glue that holds a community or an organisation together.
    • • Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, especially if you are new to an area.
    • • Volunteering also gives you the opportunity to practice and develop your social skills, since you are meeting regularly with a group of people with common interests.
  • Volunteering can provide a healthy boost to your self-confidence, self-esteem, and life satisfaction. You are doing good for others and the community, which provides a natural sense of accomplishment. Volunteering maintains positivity by keeping you in regular contact with others, and by enabling you to show yourself that you are capable of making great things happen as part of a team.

Volunteering can advance your career

  • If you are considering a new career, volunteering can help you get experience in your area of interest and meet people in the field. Even if you’re not planning on changing careers, volunteering gives you the opportunity to practice important skills used in the workplace, such as teamwork, communication, problem solving, project planning, task management, and organisation.
  • Volunteering can also help you build upon skills you already have and use them to benefit the greater community.

Volunteering brings fun and fulfilment to your life

  • Volunteering is a fun and easy way to explore your interests and passions. Getting involved in volunteer work you find meaningful and interesting can be a relaxing, energising escape from your day-to-day routine of work, school, or family commitments.
  • Volunteering also provides you with renewed creativity, motivation, and vision that can carry over into your personal and professional life.

Volunteering: Key Facts

71%

of volunteers who offer their professional skills and experience say volunteering helps combat depression.

81%

of employers surveyed view employees who do voluntary work positively.

63%

of 25 to 34-year-olds say volunteering helps them feel less stressed. While 62% of over 65's say volunteering reduces stress.

68%

of employers feel that volunteering can add skills to their workforce.*

*The Guardian. (2005). Key facts on volunteering. [online]

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