It is Volunteers' Week, 1-7th of June. Many of us volunteer for a variety of reasons, whether as an individual, part of corporate social responsibility or as a group. 

We can volunteer at home or abroad and for a variety of different topics from conservation, to raising awareness about mental health and helping those in need. 

And we do it because we have a passion for a cause, been affected by something ourselves or want to give back to society or our local community. 

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations says that in 2016/17, 19.8 million (37%) people in the UK volunteered formally at least once a year and 11.9 million (22%) of people did so at least once a month. 

As well as helping others and causes, volunteering is important as it has been shown to improve volunteers' wellbeing too. Research suggests that volunteering can reduce the effects of stress, decrease the risk of depression while at the same time enabling you to enjoy a sense of purpose and fulfilment—and increasing your self-confidence while you’re at it!  

Along the way you could also pick up some new skills such as teamwork, communication, problem solving, project planning, task management, and organisation, great for your CV! 

To celebrate Volunteers' Week, we'd like to say a big thanks to everyone who volunteers with Inspira – our NCSersNCS Grads, Employer Mentors and Enterprise Advisers, We'd also like to say 'well done' to members of our Inspira team who volunteer in their local communities, too.