Forget that long list of New Year’s Resolutions, from getting fit to meeting someone special, all you need to do is volunteer...

1) Get fit

Environmental groups and charities are always looking for people to get stuck into a wide range of physical tasks - the perfect way to do something good AND get fit. Or why not check out projects like GoodGym? They’re a group of runners who combine regular exercise with helping their communities. Wave farewell to those expensive gym memberships!

2) Meet someone special

Forget Tinder and boring blind dates, volunteering can provide a great way to meet the future Mr/Ms Right! It’s fun, low-pressure and makes a refreshing change from trawling bars, clubs or websites in the hope of meeting someone decent. These days you can even mingle with other singletons at specially coordinated volunteering events. Spread the love!

3) Find a new job

Reflect on the gaps in your skills or CV that you feel are holding you back. Once you’ve identified the areas you’d like to build on, you can tailor your search https://do-it.org/opportunities/search for a voluntary role according to your own particular needs and interests. Fancy exploring a career in a new sector? A volunteer role can help you to get a taste of the industry and gain some relevant experience at the same time.

4) Make a difference

Volunteering the ideal way to get involved with a cause you feel passionately about. Perhaps you’ve lost a loved one to an illness that you want to help fight, or maybe you’re animal lover unable to keep a pet in your rented flat. Whatever your motivation it’s your passion that will have you jumping out of bed to make a difference on that rainy Sunday morning.

5) Be happier

Volunteering makes you feel good! Scientists believe that acting altruistically releases endorphins in the brain, this is known as the “helper’s high”. Helping others can also give a healthy boost to your self-confidence, self-esteem, and life satisfaction. Need more convincing? Volunteering means actively participate in social and community life, something that’s strongly associated with happiness and life satisfaction. Warm fuzzies all round!

Kickstart your 2017 - start your search for the perfect volunteer role today!