A new report by Elizabeth Young PhD MSc RGN, Home-Start UK, and Joyce Kenkre PhD MSc RGN, University of South Wales, highlights the positive effects of volunteering on volunteers.
Home-Start recorded the information of 108 volunteers, working across London, over two years, from the start of their training through to their supervised work with families. The study used Home-Start’s volunteer impact management system [VIMS] The results showed that:
- Volunteering as a home visiting family support volunteer has a positive impact for volunteers as well as for the direct beneficiaries – the families
- There was improvement in the volunteers’ personal development; skills development; health and well being; inclusion in social networks and local communities; and their engagement with the labour market
- While the main motivational driver was altruistic, volunteering as a route into work was also important
- Volunteers significantly improved their work ready skills
- Volunteers’ personal experiences were highly relevant for a family support volunteering role.
- Early findings suggest that people who have learnt from adverse parenting experiences themselves have better current self reported parenting skills o Relevant personal experiences, e.g. having experienced post natal depression, improved the volunteers skill set
- The evaluation of the training identified that volunteers were: o More aware of diversity and inclusion issues
- More prepared for work place opportunities
- More self confident