I have been volunteering in various ways for all of my adult life – including as the fixtures secretary for my netball club (that was a while back!), a member of my son’s school parent teachers association, as a school parent governor and, of course, more recently with Leeds Mind. For me the role I volunteer in needs to be one where I am able to use my experience to make a contribution that makes a difference, however small.
I find that volunteering in this way provides me with ‘something for me’ away from the day to day of both work and family life. This sense of purpose, which is driven by what I want to do rather than what I need to do, contributes greatly to my wellbeing (even when I have a stack of Board meeting papers to read and digest!).
Big thanks to Linda for contributing to the blog for Volunteers’ Week 2020. What does volunteering for Leeds Mind mean to you? Get in touch to share your experience: firstname.lastname@example.org