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Saturday 16 December 2017

Volunteer Week begins on Monday

Giving back is good for you, according to a survey carried out by the Wicklow Volunteer Centre.

In their survey, 55 per cent of respondents said their mental health and well-being had improved following their volunteering experience while 65 per cent reported an increase in their self-esteem.

Details of the survey of almost 1800 volunteers were released to launch National Volunteering Week 2017, which takes place from May 15 to 21.

National Volunteering Week is an annual event which showcases the fantastic work done by volunteers across the country; how people can get involved in volunteering and how your local volunteer centre can support you.

This year's National Volunteering Week will focus on health and well-being by showcasing the positive impact volunteering can have on those that volunteer.

'Volunteers do tremendous work all over Ireland giving their time for charities and their local communities,' said Leah Kinsella, manager of Wicklow Volunteer Centre.

'We often talk about the impact volunteers have on the people and organisations they volunteer with and now we want to shine a light on the impact it has on the volunteer themselves.

'Gaining new skills, making friends, building confidence and feeling part of the community are all part and parcel of being a volunteer. While a lot of people begin volunteering because they'd like to give something back, many volunteers find that they actually get more from the experience than they give.'

To find out more, go to volunteerwicklow.ie.

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