Wednesday, 09 July 2008 00:00
There is lots of anecdotal evidence that volunteering has a positive impact on health but a new research review commissioned by Volunteering England seeks to determine what impact it really has.
Dr Rachel Casiday, lecturer at the Department of Voluntary Sector Studies at the University of Wales, Lampeter, led the review. “Peer support doesn’t just work one way,” says Dr Casiday. “Even if you’re in a mentoring role, simply talking to someone else who is struggling with the same issue can support you as well. It’s not just an act of charity. In a lot of cases, the volunteer is helped as much as the patient.”