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.
- 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.
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.