The Impact of Volunteering on Volunteers – new report June 2015

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

The full report can be downloaded here from the Home-Start UK web-site

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