The Importance of Volunteering and Making a Positive Impact

Article Date | 12 June, 2023
Source: Microsoft Designer (prompt: hundreds of diverse people helping and volunteering in oil paint)

By Foteini Meleti, Career & Employability Officer, LSST Elephant and Castle

In a world facing numerous social, environmental, and humanitarian challenges, the importance of volunteering cannot be overstated. Volunteering goes beyond a simple act of kindness; it is a powerful tool that allows individuals to make a tangible impact, contribute to their communities, and foster positive change. Whether it’s addressing critical needs, building stronger communities, or personal growth, volunteering offers a multitude of benefits for both individuals and society as a whole. Every year, National Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June) celebrates the millions of people who volunteer across the UK.

Even though there are numerous philanthropic institutions in the UK that hire personnel to perform charitable work, many of these depend on the generosity of volunteers who offer their time to a cause.

Participate in causes you care about

Volunteering provides a chance for individuals to actively participate in causes they care about. Whether it’s helping the homeless, supporting education, or environmental conservation, volunteering allows us to address pressing issues head-on. By dedicating time and energy, LSST students can directly impact the lives of others, fostering hope, and creating positive change in society.

For me, volunteering brings people together and fosters a sense of community and belonging.  Individuals forge bonds with fellow volunteers and community members by actively participating in community-driven initiatives. These connections not only strengthen social ties but also promote empathy, understanding, and unity. As communities become more closely knit, they are better equipped to address local challenges and create lasting solutions.


Grow personally and professionally as a volunteer

It is a unique opportunity for personal and professional growth. Individuals learn new skills, explore their passions, and apply their expertise in real-world settings. From project management and communication skills to leadership and problem-solving abilities, volunteering provides a chance to hone these valuable skills. These experiences not only benefit volunteers personally but also enhance their employability and career prospects.

Volunteering opens doors to diverse networks and connections.  By volunteering you can engage with like-minded individuals, professionals, and community leaders who can lead to valuable mentorship, collaboration, and future opportunities. These connections can span across industries and sectors, fostering personal growth, expanding horizons, and broadening career prospects. In other words, It is a pathway to personal growth and well-being. By giving back to society, individuals experience a sense of purpose, fulfilment, and accomplishment.

Volunteering can boost self-confidence, enhance self-esteem, and improve mental and emotional well-being. It provides an avenue to combat stress, build resilience, and create a positive mindset. Working side by side with people from different cultures, socioeconomic statuses, and life experiences promotes understanding, empathy, and cultural acceptance. It broadens horizons, challenges biases, and fosters a sense of global citizenship. By embracing diversity, volunteering contributes to a more inclusive and harmonious society.


Case study: Meet Judyta Grajko who studies BSc (Hons) Health and Social Science with Foundation at Elephant and Castle

Judyta Grajko, a Health and Social Science student at LSST’s Elephant and Castle campus, is delighted with the voluntary work that she found via LSST’s Careers Hub. (Photo: LSST)

Judyta Grajko, a Health and Social Science student, has a deep passion for supporting others. She wanted to get some work experience, and with our Careers’ Hub assistance, she decided to volunteer at The Central London Community Healthcare Trust as a meet and greet volunteer and then later as an occupation therapist volunteer.  Excited about the opportunity to make a difference, she signed up for a weekly volunteering program. Judyta has a keen interest in healthcare and a desire to make a positive difference in the lives of others.

Judyta’s volunteering experience in the hospital has had a profound impact on her personal and professional development. She feels more confident and is now more satisfied that she gives back to the community and at the same time she is getting work experience for her future.  It allows her to witness the power of human connection, develop a deep sense of empathy, and ignite a passion for healthcare. Volunteering gives her the chance to embark on her educational journey at LSST and be ready to make a lasting impact on the lives of patients and their families. Judyta is happy with this opportunity, and she will continue volunteering while she is studying.

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