Volunteering doesn't just help others - it can bring you a greater sense of purpose and meaning.
It can also help you develop new skills to add to your cv.
More than 21 million people volunteer in the UK at least once a year. This contributes a estimated £24bn to the UK economy.
According to the NHS, volunteering improves the quality of your life, self esteem and your ability to cope with ill-health.
Organisations like the Dr Hadwen Trust in Hitchin rely on volunteers to man their shops and fundraise for their ongoing projects.
Check out the many other volunteering opportunities to help in our local community here.
31st May 2012
Writer and sax player. Brought up in Hitchin and - apart from uni and some ensuing madness of life in London - I've always lived here.