At Saint John’s we are committed to blessing our community in a variety of ways. One of these is giving people opportunities to volunteer.
What opportunities are there?
We are always looking for people keen to volunteer in the community gardens, to help with youth or children’s activities, to bell ring, play instruments in services, tidy the quiet garden and much more. Just contact us for current opportunities.
What qualifications do I need?
For some posts (involving children or vulnerable adults) Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) checks will be undertaken. For most no qualifications are needed, we will train and support as required.
Volunteering can yield many benefits both for the area volunteered in and for the volunteers themselves, benefits can include:
Quality of life
A May 2012 study by the Royal Voluntary Service (formerly the WRVS) found that volunteering in later life decreased depression and social isolation. It was also found to boost quality of life and life satisfaction.
Ability to cope with ill health
Volunteering can help people come to terms with their own illness and help take their mind off their own problems. One study found that it helped them perform better in their own daily lives.
A healthier lifestyle
“The research looked at smokers volunteering in stop-smoking services, who then gave up themselves,” says Dr Casiday. “It also studied binge drinking on university campuses, and found that when students were volunteering, they drank much less.”
Improved family relationships
A study comparing older volunteers with older non-volunteers showed that the volunteers had better relationships with their family. “This may be because their care-giving role carries over into personal relationships and makes older volunteers more independent and less reliant on their family,” says Dr Casiday.
Meeting new people
Volunteering is a good way to meet people. This can be vital for older volunteers and people who might be isolated or not particularly integrated into society.
Improved self-esteem and sense of purpose
“This can be really important in getting someone back to work,” says Dr Casiday. “Volunteering can bring back your self-esteem and motivate you. Improved self-esteem can have an effect on other areas of your health and life.”