Much research has been done on the social and economic impacts of Volunteering in the community. We also know that Volunteering is important for individual wellbeing and has significant positive impact on people in marginalised, vulnerable or disadvantaged communities and cultural groups.
Tauranga’s Vital Update 2020 and highlighted issues of loneliness and disconnection among the local population (one in three respondents reported feeling alone most or some of the time – higher than the national average; and this feeling affected youth (26%), women, disabled (27%), Māori (18%) and Asian (17%) communities more), as well as reporting an unemployment rate that is tracking slightly higher than the national average.
We know that Volunteering builds self-efficacy, self-esteem and confidence; it provides opportunities for skill development and fosters a sense of belonging in the community. Each of these outcomes support long-term wellbeing.
Volunteering improves mental and physical health; reduces feelings of isolation by connecting, engaging, supporting and strengthening vulnerable, disadvantaged communities; helps individuals feel valued as they contribute to the community and provides work experience opportunities that could become a pathway to paid work.
Contributing more than $4b to our country’s GDP, Volunteering supports the economy.
This is why we advocate for the sector. We will continue to support, connect, educate, protect and educate our communities through Volunteering.