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Volunteering and its role in the Community

Volunteering is a hugely valuable and rewarding experience for the volunteers and the communities they support.

More than 21 million people volunteer in the UK at least once a year, and this contributes an estimated £24bn to the UK economy.

Link4Life provides a wide range of nationally recognised qualifications and courses through its well established ‘Skills4Sport’ programme for people working or volunteering in the sports and leisure industry.

This access to volunteering inevitably has a direct lead into offers of work experience for suitable candidates who want to impress and gain/secure employment within Link4life.

They provide the opportunity to develop professional skills and to support safe, effective and technically correct delivery of sessions for those taking part.

Link4Life is also able to provide customised training packages to suit employers, groups, clubs and individuals as needed.

The 2016 UK Civil Society Almanac revealed that two in five adults have volunteered at least once in the past year, and an Ipsos Mori report found that 42% of young people took part in meaningful social action in 2015.

So, what is motivating these people to give their time and skills freely?

Benefits for the volunteer 

  • People who engage in altruistic activities (e.g. volunteering), report a greater sense of purpose and meaning in their lives.

The NHS lists a number of health benefits relating to volunteering, including:

  • Improved quality of life, Improved ability to cope with ill health and improved self-esteem.

Action for Happiness list ten key ingredients for a happy and fulfilling life:

  • Giving, relating, exercising, awareness, trying out, direction, resilience, emotions, acceptance and meaning.

We feel confident that volunteering ticks these boxes!

  • Volunteering is an opportunity to learn new skills, and can boost employment prospects. 
  • Volunteering can help to heal mental well-being and addiction.

Benefits for the beneficiaries and society 

  • Volunteering enables people to play an active role in their society and contribute to positive social change.
  • Volunteering helps to break down social barriers and offer people an opportunity to socialise with people from different social and cultural backgrounds. The 2016 World Happiness Report revealed that social support and generosity are key determinants of national well-being.
  • Volunteers support vulnerable people in society and enable them to live a healthy and rewarding life.

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Volunteer, Training and Club
Development Officer


Link4Life Volunteering

M: 07527 385746

T:  01706 926211

Volunteer, Training and Club
Development Officer