With busy lifestyles it may be a challenge to find the time to volunteer. However, the benefits of volunteering are enormous to you, your family, and your community. A volunteering role that is right for you can help you to connect with your community, learn new skills, provide a sense of purpose, support your mental and physical wellbeing and even make you a happier person.

Volunteering Benefits: Four benefits to a happier, healthier you.

Benefit 1 - Volunteering connects you to others - No matter your age, building relationships with people is crucial. One of the best ways to make new friends and strengthen existing relationships is to commit to a shared activity together. Volunteering is a great way to meet new people, especially if you are new to an area. It strengthens your ties to the community and broadens your support network, exposing you to people with common interests, neighborhood resources, and fun and fulfilling activities.

Benefit 2 - Volunteering is good for your mind and body - The social contact aspect of helping and working with others can have a profound effect on your overall psychological well-being. Volunteering keeps you in regular contact with others and helps you to develop a solid support system, which in turn promotes good mental health. Volunteers tend to be more physically active, find it easier to cope with everyday tasks and have better thinking skills. Volunteering can also lessen symptoms of chronic pain and reduce the risk of heart disease.

Benefit 3 - Volunteering provides a sense of purpose - Your role as a volunteer can give you a sense of pride and identity. The better you feel about yourself, the more likely you are to have a positive view of your life and future goals.

Benefit 4 - Volunteering makes you happy - By measuring hormones and brain activity, researchers have discovered that being helpful to others delivers immense pleasure. Human beings are hard-wired to give to others. The more we give, the happier we feel. 
 

Want to volunteer with the City of Canning?

Click here to complete an Expression of Interest form.

Your details will be added to our Volunteer Register for recruitment purposes.

Your completed Expression of Interest can be:

Emailed to: volunteer.enquiries@canning.wa.gov
In person at: Bentley Hub Corner Hedley Place & Manning Road Manning WA 6152
Mailed to: Volunteer Officer Locked Bag 80, Welshpool, Western Australia, 6986