How volunteering is important for good wellbeing

Whilst it has been tough for many Londoners, the coronavirus crisis has shown how London is full of amazing communities. We heard of amazing stories of what people did to help keep themselves, neighbours and loved ones well and supported during the pandemic.


This is positive as we know that volunteering can help build personal resilience. People who report a greater interest in helping others are also more likely to rate themselves as happy. Volunteering may not be possible or suitable for everyone, but it increases your skills and wellbeing, and improves social connections. And it helps bring communities together by developing our understanding of each other.


Here we outline some free resources to support you and others to support volunteering in your community.

Resources from Good Thinking
London’s digital wellbeing service, Good Thinking, has a range of tools and resources to support your wellbeing. Here’s a selection on volunteering.
Volunteering and mental health
Read 14-year-old Carl’s story of how volunteering boosted his mental wellbeing.
Community action
Hear how community action can bring people together and tackle social isolation in this podcast with Tracey Robbins from Eden Project Communities.
Young carers
Read Good Thinking’s advice if you’re a young person looking after (or helping to look after) someone in your family who can’t care for themself.
Healthcare professionals
For healthcare professionals, read Good Thinking’s advice for looking after yourself and supporting your colleagues.
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Resources to help you
Volunteering safely
Read Volunteering Matters’, with a wide range of guidance and videos on how to help others in your community while keeping yourself safe.
Supporting yourself whilst volunteering
Supporting others can take its toll, explore a range of tools and resources to support your own wellbeing.
Talk London
Explore Talk London’s online community and have your say on big issues and help shape London’s plans and policies.
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Resources to help you support others
Supporting those affected by Covid-19
Explore Thrive LDN’s guidance on how best to support someone adversely affected or distressed by the pandemic.
Zero Suicide LDN
Take the Zero Suicide Alliance’s online training on how to help someone who may be having suicidal thoughts or reaching a point of crisis.
Psychological First Aid
Take an online Psychological First Aid (PFA) training course, aimed at all frontline and essential workers and volunteers. The course teaches the key principles of giving psychological first aid in emergencies.
Offer your time to listen
Explore listening tips from Samaritans. Listening is an important skill. Ask open questions that start with "how", "what", "where" or "when". This can help people open up.
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