I have been a volunteer with the New Victoria Patient Information Centre for almost 2 years.
I am also one of the volunteer Queens Park Health Walk Leaders (there are now a total of six volunteer leaders).
I have been retired for just over 3 years and feel that one of the most positive steps I have taken is volunteering, however you do not need to be retired to be a volunteer!
I do a variety of tasks as a volunteer in the Patient Information Centre, which includes talking to patients/potential patients. This has helped me increase my people skills as well as my self confidence.
Amongst other things, I have enjoyed the training and meeting new people. The permanent staffs are friendly and extremely helpful. I also feel that volunteering has helped me keep physically and mentally fit.
I do believe that volunteering increases your self esteem.
I would encourage anyone who has the time and interest to volunteer.