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The benefits and opportunities of volunteering

Volunteers are being invited to help out at The Burrell Collection in Glasgow with their entire family. The museum is offering families the chance to help out. The aim is to encourage as many people as possible to get involved in the world-famous collection and bond as a family at the same time. One way they do so is by taking away an important barrier for parents; their children. Parents now can contribute to society without needing to organize childcare.

A welcoming initiative as volunteers aren’t just supporting the museum when joining, but also their own mental health. Recent research points out people who had volunteered in the past year were more satisfied with their lives and rated their overall health as better. Additionally, the researchers found that people who volunteered more frequently experienced greater benefits: Those who volunteered at least once a month reported better mental health than participants who volunteered infrequently or not at all. Which contributes to peoples search for meaning in life.

Not only museums and non-profits are tapping into the need to volunteer. Increasingly companies acknowledge the benefits of volunteering for their employees as well. Like WeTransfer that offers employees charity time, time off to volunteer on WeTransfers’ costs. What barriers can you take away to support your employees in experiencing the benefits of volunteering?