Why Making Volunteering Your New Year’s Resolution was a Good Idea

Last New Year this YouGov poll found health and diet related New Year’s Resolutions made the top three in the UK. Saving money and taking up a new hobby followed closely after and volunteering came in at number ten.

Volunteering on Scotland’s canals can be good for your health and well-being and give you a fun new hobby. In 2014, 852 volunteers donned high-vis vests and battled all weather conditions to help us carry out vital work. With this in mind, we take a look at five reasons why making volunteering your New Year’s Resolution was a good idea. And if you didn’t? Don’t worry – it’s never too late to get involved.

  1. Get active

Volunteering outdoors can be a great way to stay in shape. Whether it be taking a gentle stroll along the canal during a wildflower survey, or leading a group tour on a leisurely cycle, we have plenty of opportunities to help you get active and get outdoors.

Enjoying a cycle at Helix Day

  1. Learn new skills

This year our volunteers have learned everything from conservation skills to employability skills and have gained some great certificates along the way. Volunteering is a great chance to try something new and pick up a new skill; seize the opportunity!


  1. Make a difference

You can make a real difference to the lives of others. And you can make a difference to your own life, too. Volunteering can be a great way to improve your confidence and social skills whilst helping individuals, communities and nature.


  1. Make new friends

Volunteering is a great opportunity to get out there and meet new people. It brings people of all ages from all walks of life together, and can help combat loneliness and isolation.



  1. Be part of something bigger

It gives you the chance to be a part of something bigger. You can work with others to achieve goals – no matter how big or small. It can connect you with something outside of yourself, and ultimately lead to positive change in your life.


Feeling inspired? Start your volunteer journey today. Or got a suggestion? We’d love to hear it.