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Benefits of Volunteering
This week is National Volunteer Week, and this highlights the importance of the Waterford Project at St Edward’s College.

The Waterford Project requires students to think of practical ways to make a difference in the lives of disadvantaged people.  The students volunteer their time to give to others in need, and The Waterford Project not only makes a difference to the marginalised and disadvantaged, but also to the students themselves.  Volunteering and giving to those less fortunate can improve student wellbeing and student self-confidence.

Volunteering is known to:

  • Improve self-confidence
  • Improve self-esteem
  • Instil a sense a purpose
  • Increase life satisfaction
  • Create a sense of belonging
  • Encourage social interaction
  • Support local community
  • Provide support where needed to improve the lives of others

Volunteering is known to have a positive impact on those who are struggling with Mental Health issues.  Assisting and giving to others in need can take a person out of their own worry and put perspective on life.  Doing good for others is doing good for ourselves.

Click on the link to read more about the positive impact of volunteering: benefits of volunteering