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January 15, 2021
Ellie Aldersey-Williams

"Prove to yourself that your skills and expertise can be used for the greater good, and that you have a lot to offer the world."

The wellbeing benefits of volunteering

At Matchable we source innovative and unique volunteering projects at impact organisations, allowing you to use your skills to help them achieve their goals. Our one-of-a-kind projects involve working with pioneering non-profits (charities & social enterprises) and mission-driven startups, providing skilled help where they need it most. The process of applying your skills in a new way, working for a good cause, and expanding your network can have numerous benefits for your wellbeing.

If you’re lacking purpose at work, perhaps feeling uninspired, a skilled volunteering project could be a great way to re-engage and rediscover your passion for your work. Prove to yourself that your skills and expertise can be used for the greater good, and that you have a lot to offer the world.

Feeling burned out or bored at work happens to all of us at some point, so mixing things up and using your skills in a new way can also help provide a much-needed break from the day-to-day grind. A fresh environment and challenge can work wonders in reinvigorating us mentally.

Many potential volunteers come to us worried that they are not qualified enough to help the organisations we work with. ‘Imposter syndrome’ has become quite a popular term, but it is true that many of us may underestimate our abilities and our expertise. Using your skills in a new area can help to show you the depth of your knowledge and capabilities, ultimately boosting your confidence.

Working with a new organisation also gives you the chance to socialise with new people and gain insight into a different industry, both of which can also be great for keeping yourself engaged. Expanding your network can provide professional opportunities, career inspiration, and more.

For example, this year we matched a junior marketer with an organisation using performing arts to help refugees reintegrate into society. She used her skills and experience to develop a communications strategy to help expand their online reach. She told us that the project was an important learning experience as it challenged her to think more creatively, and gave her confidence in  her ability to do so.

We’re so proud to see the impact made by individuals and companies who volunteer with our impact organisations, and are constantly blown away by the feedback we receive from those who have been matched with a project.

Find out more here - https://wearematchable.com/

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