Giving things away can make us feel good!

It is proven that giving something away does actually have a positive effect on our mental health!

Think about it: when you have spent ages thinking about a present a person will love and then they open it, how do you feel?

It feels good doesn’t it? We often feel pleased with ourselves – at the work we put into buying it, the time we took wrapping it and then the expression of joy on the person receiving the gift's face!

Giving away our time (otherwise known as volunteering) is exactly the same...

Here are some of the ways volunteering can help us:

🏅 We make new friends


🏅 We overcome personal struggles (learning new skills, being in a new social situations)


🏅 It’s better than paid work because we can be more picky choosing to volunteer in an area we enjoy most!


🏅 We add to our CV and work experience;


🏅 We get to have FUN! 


On average people in the UK volunteer for 11 hours a month; that’s less than 3 hours out of your busy week to...

  • Volunteer at the cat shelter
  • Litter pick in your local park
  • Volunteer at the Old People’s home
  • Arrange a school climate change group to tackle how school can develop an Eco school
  • Help out at the local kids club or music group
  • Take your elderly neighbours’ dog for a walk
  • Do the filing for a local charity 

When you're looking for volunteer opportunities, remember to look for something that...

  • You enjoy
  • That pushes you a little, but not makes you feel uncomfortable
  • That you can commit to
  • That helps you make friends with people you might not otherwise get to know
  • That is about things that motivate you!

Enjoy volunteering over the summer break: you certainly won’t get bored! 


Alumina is a free, online 7 week course for young people struggling with self-harm. Each course has up to 8 young people, all accessing the sessions from their own phones, tablets or laptops across the UK. The courses take place on different evenings of the week and are run by friendly, trained counsellors and volunteer youth workers. You don’t need an adult to refer you or sign you up, and no-one will see or hear you during the sessions – you’ll just join in via the chatbox. We want to help you to find your next steps towards recovery, wherever you are on your journey.

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