VOLUNTEERING boosts employability, self-esteem and health, according to a new report published by Citizens Advice to mark Volunteers' Week.
The new report 'CAB volunteering – how everyone benefits' also reveals that six in 10 people who give their time to the Citizens Advice service feel less stressed as a result.
The research also found volunteering can be particularly beneficial for people who suffer with mental health problems.
Three-quarters of individuals identified with mental health issues said that "volunteering helped them feel more able to manage their condition."
Between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2014, 20 volunteers gave up their time to help Cheadle Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) advise 1412 clients.
Nationally, more than 22,000 volunteers gave up their time to help people in Citizens Advice Bureau, resulting in more than £100 million of volunteering hours.
The report also finds:
nine in 10 people reported an increased sense of purpose or self-esteem
four in five believe that they have increased their employability
nine in 10 feel more engaged in their community
nine in 10 feel better equipped and empowered to deal with issues in their lives, with four in five also helping friends and family.
Thérèse Davall, Project Co-ordinator and Training Officer for Staffordshire Moorlands Advice Partnership said: "Volunteers are the lifeblood of Cheadle CAB.
"They make a huge contribution to the local community, helping to support people each year when they need it the most.
"Now, these figures reveal the benefits that volunteers can expect to see themselves."
If you can spare a few hours each week and would be interested in volunteering with Cheadle CAB then please get in touch with Thérèse Davall on 01538 752381 or email firstname.lastname@example.org