Volunteering can make a huge difference to your own life and the lives of those around you. In fact, 94% of people who volunteered in the last 12 months, according to research by United Health Care, said that volunteering improved their overall mood, and research also shows that volunteering actually makes people feel healthier.

There are countless reasons to get out and get volunteering in Aberdeen. Have a look at our list below:

1. Learn something new 

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You will pick up new skills and learn how to deal with a whole range of different situations. Your leadership and teamwork skills will also be boosted – all of which looks great on that newly polished CV.

2. YOU will be making a BIG difference 

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No matter where, or how much of your time you can lend to a worthy cause, every little really does help. You will be making a big impact and changing lives by just being you.

3. Be inspired 

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Gain a sense of fulfilment whilst helping others at the same time. It’s a win win situation and could open doors to exciting new ventures.  

4. Get the ‘real’ experience

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Meet different people, make new friends, delve into new situations and even try a new sport or hobby. Volunteering is a great way for anyone of any age to get a real hands-on experience in something completely different from your day-to-day routine.  

5. Volunteering is actually good for your health 

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Research has found that 78% of people who volunteered in the last 12 months say they have lower stress levels. Studies show that by concentrating on others and focusing your energy away from your own problems that stress levels decrease, your sense of fulfilment increases and even your immune system is strengthened. Have a look at this infographic by UnitedHealth Group. 

6. Have fun 

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Volunteering can genuinely change the lives of people around you, but it can also be great fun and a great way to embrace something new.

If you feel inspired to try something different, meet new people and change lives then head over to the Sport Aberdeen volunteering page to find out how you can get involved with your local community and make a real difference.