Findings released to mark National Volunteers Week (1-12 June) highlight numerous benefits of volunteering for individuals and society.
With the EU Referendum fast approaching and the issue of diversity a major topic of debate, a survey released by national disability charity Revitalise to mark National Volunteers Week has found that 93% of the charity’s volunteers said their volunteering experience had made them more aware of diversity issues.
In other findings, the benefits of volunteering to wider society were also evident. 8 out of 10 (80%) respondents said that their time as a volunteer had encouraged them to take a more active part in their home community. Over 9 out of 10 (94%) also agreed that pledging their time to the charity had made them more tolerant towards others.
Revitalise – which provides respite holidays for disabled people and carers at three accessible UK centres – runs one of the largest residential volunteer programmes of any UK charity. It carried out the study to gain an insight into the experiences of its current and former volunteers and shine a light on the numerous personal and societal benefits of volunteering.
In the last year alone, around 2,000 volunteers gave close to 4,000 weeks of their time to reside and work at Revitalise’s centres, enabling the charity’s guests to enjoy a respite holiday and to make the most of the inclusive social activities and excursions on offer. In monetary terms, the value to Revitalise of the contribution of its volunteers is estimated at over £925,000.
Revitalise is using its findings as proof that volunteering has an important role to play in contributing to both an individual’s personal development and that of the wider community and is encouraging more people to try their hand at volunteering.
Revitalise is a national charity providing respite holidays for disabled people and carers. Revitalise provides short breaks, with 24-hour nursing care on-call and personal support, at three accessible UK centres in Chigwell in Essex, Southampton and Southport. Each centre offers a wide range of accessible activities and excursions in a holiday environment.