Volunteers Week logo bilingualAs part of Volunteers Week 2019, we want to promote the health and wellbeing benefits of volunteering, as well as CELEBRATE some of the work taking place to promote and support volunteering as part of our partnership with the Cwmtawe GP Cluster.

Volunteering can really benefit our health and wellbeing. Giving your time to help others is linked to:

  • Increased self-esteem
  • Reduced Depression symptoms
  • Better self-reported wellbeing
  • Increased life satisfaction

I love volunteering for SCVS as it helps me with my mental health, having had issues myself in the past, and it makes me feel good about myself as I am helping others. I feel I am giving something back as I have previously received help and support and now I can do the same for other people. Volunteering has broadened my mind as I have learned many new aspects with regard to mental health and I now understand myself a lot better. This has helped me improve myself and has given me the ability to help others, which I find very rewarding.

Paul, Volunteer with Cwmtawe Dementia and Carer Project and Involve

SCVS, in partnership with the Cwmtawe GP Cluster, understand this, and over the last couple of years have pioneered several new approaches which promote and support volunteering.

Social Prescribing - Cwmtawe Social Prescribing Project

Social Prescribing connects people to non-medical sources that will enable them to improve their health and wellbeing, which can include activities, opportunities or connections to community groups and voluntary organisations. Social Prescribing complements the GP service in taking a more holistic view of a patient’s health and wellbeing by supporting people to re-engage with their community.

The service helps those who may be feeling isolated or disconnected for reasons such as bereavement, chronic Illness, carer responsibilities, long-term absence from work or mild mental health problems.

Volunteering has an important role to play in social prescribing. Many of the services people connect to are provided by voluntary and community organisations, and individuals referred to the Social Prescribing project can also be encouraged to volunteer.

For further information about the project, then please click here

Cwmtawe Dementia and Carer Project  

The project provides people living with dementia, and their carers, an opportunity to engage socially in the community, access community resources with the support of a volunteer; as well as reducing isolation and offering a listening ear to those it supports.

It also offers of volunteering opportunities to support people with Dementia to engage socially in the community and to access community resources, and supporting carers of people with Dementia to engage socially in the community, to access community resources and to offer a listening ear.

For further information about the project, then please click here

If you would like to know more about work with the Cwmtawe GP Cluster, contact Amy Meredith-Davies, SCVS Health & Well-being Partnerships Manager – [email protected]

If you are interested in finding out more about volunteering in Swansea, click here