Mental well-being connects with volunteering

Let’s not forget that volunteering benefits all ages‘ is an article on NCVO’s discussion pages that has as its starting point a new study from the University of Southampton, which found that volunteering has a relationship with people’s well-being but only in later life.

One observation is that

“the researchers have found a relationship between volunteering and wellbeing, rather than causation.”

The article includes a link to the study on the Open BMJ site, ‘Association of volunteering with mental well-being: a lifecourse analysis of a national population-based longitudinal study in the UK’.

Ideas on social prescribing, including volunteering

NCVO’s public services senior officer Lev Pedro has written about ‘Social prescribing: A new way of working or today’s hot topic?‘, following the inaugural conference of the national Social Prescribing Network.

He looks at some of the barriers, critical success factors, as well as “some age-old problems”. There’s also some useful links, including ‘What is social prescribing?’ (pdf, 601KB – note that this is a research article not a quick overview!). » Continue reading news item ... “Ideas on social prescribing, including volunteering”

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.

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Wellbeing at work – a union guide

The TUC has published new guidance on well-being at work. It sets out the importance of healthy workplaces and provides advice on how to handle specific issues such as smoking, obesity and stress.

The TUC guide emphasises that healthy work must lie in prevention of injuries and illnesses, and changing the workplace through encouraging better working relationships, greater respect for workers, and improved involvement of unions. » Continue reading news item ... “Wellbeing at work – a union guide”

Thoughts on Community Anchors, volunteering when unemployed

A couple of new sector research documents.

What Works Scotland has a new ‘Think Piece’ on Community Anchors, reflecting on the potential for community anchors to provide locally-led Scottish public service reform.

Available from their publications page, in pdf, 255KB – towards the bottom. (Source:  Senscot bulletin)

Note:  What Works Scotland is a new initiative to improve the way local areas in Scotland use evidence to make decisions about public service development and reform. » Continue reading news item ... “Thoughts on Community Anchors, volunteering when unemployed”

Charity staff stressed but happier?

The Guardian is running a project in June to explore the physical and mental wellbeing of employees in the public and voluntary sectors. ClockOff pieces will appear on the Society Professionals networks.

In May, the newspaper carried out a survey on voluntary sector wellbeing. This has found that almost all charity staff work beyond their contracted hours, and while half are satisfied with their hours, stress is rife. » Continue reading news item ... “Charity staff stressed but happier?”