Volunteering is a great way to not only give something back to your local community (or indeed those living further afield) but also to nurture your own well-being and sense of fulfilment.
Volunteering has always been an important way for people to maintain friendships and meaning into later life. And today there is a greater range of possible opportunities to volunteer than ever before.
There’s been a massive push by government to encourage young people to participate in the voluntary sector, but they aren’t the only ones who have responded to this initiative. Retireistas with long-honed skills and experience are stepping forward to share their knowledge and contribute their time to community projects and as business mentors.
We retireistas have much to offer – and plenty to gain.
Volunteering increases the quantity and quality of our social connections, helping us to meet new people and expand our social networks, deflecting loneliness, raising our own self-esteem and creating a sense of purpose. There’s even evidence to suggest that people who volunteer regularly are likely to live longer!
So what are you waiting for? There are too many opportunities to list them all here. All you have to do is google ‘volunteering opportunities’, or get in touch with your preferred local charity, trust, business mentoring network or community centre to get a feel for what’s available.
And if you need more inspiration, check out our blog, join in the conversation or buy our book…