It’s March already, and Spring is here! Depending which one you want to celebrate: the 1st of March was the Meteorological Spring this year, while the 20th is the astronomical Spring –relating to the Earth position in orbit in relation to the Sun.

I generally feel better when I notice the first signs of Spring, I saw the first wave of daffodils along the verge on my way to work last week, buds are appearing on the plants in my garden, and I’ve also spotted the copious amounts of chocolate Easter eggs lining the shelves in the supermarket, which to me is always a good sign (!)  Spring brings warmer temperatures, longer days, new growth, and an ‘excitement’ amongst the wildlife!  As well as the noticeable changes to our environment we also seem to change with the season too.

For many of us it’s a sense of relief from the long dark evenings, and cold wet days, it’s a chance to get outside, shake off those winter blues, and become more vitalised. An increase in warmth and light helps us feel more positive, (there’s a chemical science behind this) and we are starting to become energetic and active. We tend to socialise a bit more, and our general mood and behaviour can show positive changes, improving our overall wellbeing.

It’s a time of year when I start planning what I want to do; from attending events and meetings to promote our activities, to finding out what is new and upcoming in my patch; as local charities enter a development stage for new contracts and projects seeking clients or volunteers to enable them to deliver their service. Fetes and shows are being discussed, fundraising cycle rides and beach days are enrolling individuals, and several organisations are now advertising new roles. It’s an exciting time.

The beginning of Spring is all about new opportunities, so it can be a great time of year to consider volunteering too. Just to get you started: Think about what you would like to do, or what cause you are passionate about, and whether you want to use your existing skills or learn new ones. Talk to others who have volunteered, get your family or friends to think what is right for you. Consider how much time you have available and if you would prefer a one off activity or a regularly weekly session. Go on to Do-it for inspiration and to apply, ask organisations for taster sessions or for a meeting to talk about your expectations and theirs. Once you start volunteering, don’t overdo it, commit just a little time and build it up gradually.