The irony of our technology-driven world, where we’re constantly connected, is that many people have never felt more disconnected from others – including their neighbours and community.

One social commentator described modern life as suffering from ‘an epidemic of loneliness’.

One simple yet potentially life-changing solution to this problem is volunteering.

Offering your time, energy and skills locally isn’t just about lending a helping hand; it’s a two-way street that often improves your life and that of those around you.

Why volunteer?

Volunteering locally bridges gaps in society. It’s about more than just doing good; it’s a catalyst for community cohesion and bringing people together. It creates a sense of belonging, identity and collective responsibility. It’s an opportunity to step out of your comfort zone, learn new skills and build invaluable relationships.

The benefits to you

Aside from the warm glow of helping others, volunteering offers tangible benefits. It’s a fantastic way to enhance your CV, particularly if you’re eyeing a career shift or re-entering the workforce. The skills and experiences gained are as diverse as the volunteering opportunities available. Plus, it’s a proven mood booster, combatting feelings of isolation and enhancing mental wellbeing.

How to get involved

Getting started is easier than you think. Local charities, community groups and councils are constantly looking for volunteers. Decide what you’re passionate about and find a cause that aligns with your values.

Social media and online searches are a great place to start looking for opportunities to help.

Whether helping at a local food bank, mentoring young people or supporting environmental initiatives, YOU can make a real difference.

So, what’s stopping you?

Now is the time to step forward and play your part in shaping a stronger, more connected community across Walton On Thames.

Your skills, enthusiasm and time are invaluable resources.

Remember, every little act of volunteering can add up to make a big difference.

Let’s come together to create a community we’re all proud to be part of.

Volunteer today – your community needs you.

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