Written by Volunteer Centre Midlothian
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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.
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.
We can help you to decide whether volunteering is right for you. We can then offer the support you need to succeed.
- 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
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
- ENJOY YOURSELF!
Below are links to Services in the Edspace database that may be of interest:
External websites related to Volunteering
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- Volunteer Centre Edinburgh
Choose from hundreds of volunteering opportunities across Edinburgh, elsewhere in the UK and abroad.
Also provide a Support and Advice Team for potential volunteers with extra support needs.
- Volunteer Development 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