Benefits of volunteering

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Volunteering is easy! Consider your own interests and skills, then think of who might benefit. Whatever you do, start early. The sooner you start volunteering, the greater the benefits you'll reap later on in life.

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If you've been thinking about volunteering at the Alzheimer Society of Oxford, Check out our current volunteer opportunities.

Do your brain a favour – volunteer!

There are many good reasons for volunteering, whether you want to give back to your community, aspire to develop a new skill or want to expand your social network. But have you considered the health benefits of volunteering? Keeping your brain in shape is another important reason for volunteering, and a healthy brain is vital for healthy aging.

Volunteering not only engages your mind and body, but it can actually help you age well and reduce the risk of age-related diseases such as dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Healthy reasons to volunteer

Improve your physical and mental well-being

Meeting new people and engaging in new activities can boost endorphins, those “feel-good” brain cells that keep your heart pumping, your mind sharp, and your immune system working. They also help lower stress.

Build self-esteem and confidence

The satisfaction of knowing you've made a positive difference in someone's life increases your own self- worth and confidence. If you're experiencing difficult times, volunteering has the extra advantage of giving you a sense of purpose.

Expand your network of social support

Connecting with new people in different settings helps open your mind to new perspectives, widens your social network and reduces depression and isolation.

Live longer and healthier

Staying engaged and curious about your world helps keep you young at heart and feeling vibrant. The bottom line is that life-long learning is key for improving quality of life and for healthy aging.

Volunteer

Volunteers are the most important resource for charitable organizations like ours. At the Alzheimer Society of Oxford, volunteer time and energy are essential to help us support people living with dementia.

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Volunteer Companion Program

Our Volunteer Companion Program currently has 30 active matches in the community and our goal is to increase that number substantially. Through their visits, our volunteers provide social and recreational time for the person with dementia, as well as a period of respite for the care partner.

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Volunteer opportunities

You can make a difference in the lives of people affected by dementia by volunteering with the Alzheimer Society. The Alzheimer Society of Oxford has numerous volunteer opportunities. Here are just a few.

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Why I Volunteer

Volunteers are the roots of strong communities! We spoke to our volunteers about why they felt inspired to volunteer and we were delighted with their responses. Learn more about some of our volunteers by reading their stories below!

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