22 Dec 2015

Volunteering at The Children’s Society has a positive impact on health, well-being and skills, according to the results of our 2015 Volunteer Experience Survey.

Our volunteers provide vital support to our mission to fight child poverty and neglect through activities ranging from directly supporting vulnerable children and families to working in our shops, acting as speakers and helping at fundraising events.

Over 600 of our volunteers completed a survey about their experiences, ideas and motivation. As well as feeling that volunteering allowed them to make a positive contribution to society (91%), many of our volunteers told us that it had improved their own wellbeing, saying it had increased their self-confidence (72%) or self-esteem (69%), been good for their mental health (63%) or helped them develop new skills (80%).

We know that volunteering is a great way to meet new people, and our survey confirmed this, with 85% of respondents telling us that they had made new friends while volunteering for us and 84% saying it had given them the opportunity to meet people from different backgrounds.

Our volunteers play a key role in our work and 88% of respondents told us they feel part of our mission to help vulnerable children have better lives, with 94% saying they are proud to volunteer for us. We work hard to make sure our volunteers feel supported and valued and were delighted that 94% of those surveyed said that they are satisfied or very satisfied with their role.

Finn Grant, Head of Volunteering at The Children’s Society, said: “The benefits of volunteering are well documented, and its great news that our volunteers so clearly feel that their experience with The Children’s Society has had such a positive impact on their lives.

“Our volunteers are incredible people, helping us change the lives of children and young people who are suffering hardship, abuse and neglect. I’d like to thank them all for their energy, enthusiasm and commitment.”