Factsheet: Volunteering

Written by Volunteer Centre Midlothian 

This factsheet is available in a downloadable PDF here. 

Table of Content

What can Volunteering do for You?
Support from the Volunteer Centre
Benefits of Volunteering 


Improve your mental health – get into volunteering

Volunteering is about people choosing to give their time and skills, without pay, for the benefit of others, themselves, and their communities.

What can Volunteering do for You?

A period of mental ill health can bring many changes to our lives. Volunteering can help us to find a way forward. It can improve our health and our ability to go on to do other things. Apart from anything else, volunteering is enjoyable.

Support from the Volunteer Centre

We can help you to decide whether volunteering is right for you. We can then offer the support you need to succeed.

We offer:-

  • Friendly service from someone with understanding of mental ill health
  • Flexible help, based on what you feel you need, and no pressure
  • Information and advice on all aspects of volunteering
  • One to one support to help you get into volunteering
  • Preparing to Volunteer Course for those who need time think about options

Benefits of Volunteering 

Volunteering helps you and your community. Plus you get satisfaction from doing something really worthwhile. Some of the benefits are:

  • Meet new people
  • Build confidence
  • Gain experience
  • Update or learn new skills
  • Get a reference
  • Make a difference

Related Services

Below are links to Services in the Edspace database that may be of interest:

External websites related to Volunteering

These web sites may be useful. Please note that we are not responsible for external sites; if you find any broken links or inappropriate content please report it to the site administrators using the feedback page.

  • Volunteer Scotland
    As Scotland's Centre for Excellence in volunteer development we provide an authoritative point of contact for all volunteering matters, encouraging and supporting best practice. Our Vision We believe that people are an active power in society, making a positive difference to their communities and themselves, through volunteering

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