Walsall Public Health have identified 5 ways that can improve a person’s mental health.
The Steps are; Connect, be active, take notice, keep learning and give.
Here at One Walsall, we believe that volunteering can help achieve at least one or more of these steps.
Volunteering offers an excellent opportunity for potential volunteers in Walsall to connect with their community. As a volunteer you will be able to get involved with local events or organisations that are important to you. In turn, volunteers are able then to make connections not only with their community, but also build new connections with the people you meet.
If you are the sort of person who likes the outdoors, being active through volunteering could be the opportunity for you. There are volunteering opportunities helping with gardening, or sporting events, that will help you stay fit and active. Alternatively, choosing a less physically demanding volunteering role, and commuting by foot, is equally an opportunity where you will be active and improving your physical fitness.
Encourages you to take notice of your environment, how you engage with the world around you and reflect on the things that bring you happiness. There lots of volunteering rolls that offer people the opportunity to engage with our own environment or, engage a volunteer with a new environment. The key is to find the volunteering role that motivates you. Here at One Walsall, we can help to find the role that inspires you to reflect, engage and bring you and the people you offer help to happiness.
Many volunteering opportunities offer an opportunity to learn a new skill or, put into practice the skills you already have. Through being a volunteer, you can learn first aid, how to be a befriender, mentor or customer service skill by volunteering in a charity shop.
Volunteering is one of the most original ways to give. Volunteers not only give their time, and give back to their communities, but volunteers often freely give kindness to others.