Volunteering has positive impact on health and wellbeing

Researchers used data from the British Household Panel Study and Understanding Society to find that volunteering does have a positive impact on health and wellbeing.

Impact of the Third Sector as Social Innovation (an EU sponsored project) used over 800,000 survey responses from over 150,000 different respondents to inform its report, ‘Welfare impacts of participation‘ (72 page pdf, 1.1MB, Sept. 2015).

The analysis examined associations between volunteering and subjective health, subjective well-being, career outcomes and social relations in six panel surveys from the period 1984-2011, covering 15 countries.

See Understanding Society article ‘Volunteering is good for your health‘.