Our volunteers are at the heart of everything we do here at Sustrans, and we’re incredibly lucky to have so many people across the UK helping to increase the impact of our work.
We don't know what we would do without them. They provide a huge contribution to the charity - from sprucing up the National Cycle Network, to empowering people to walk and cycle, improving wildlife along our greenways to inspiring young people in schools to get active.
And whilst volunteers bring so much to charities – from sharing their expertise and skills, providing invaluable support, and helping to spread the word about our work – national research has shown that volunteering can also have a positive impact on those who generously choose to give their time.
Doing good does you good too
“ There are lots of benefits to volunteering with Sustrans: Socialising with other volunteers, improving the environment for walking and cycling, getting exercise and helping with my wellbeing ”
- increased self-esteem
- reduced depression symptoms
- better self-reported wellbeing
- increased life satisfaction.
Applying skills and experiences to support their mission is a way that people of all ages can increase feelings of self-esteem, respect, motivation and wellbeing.
Sustrans volunteers report improved wellbeing
“ Allowing me to help others helps me feel physically, mentally and spiritually balanced and in touch with nature and myself ”
In a recent survey conducted with Sustrans volunteers in 2018, we found that as a result of volunteering with Sustrans:
Benefits of volunteering
“ I take some pride in what I achieve through my Volunteering. I've made new friends, gained knowledge and skills and improved my fitness ”
Our findings definitely support the notion that volunteering improves health and wellbeing, and we’re really proud that our volunteers feel that they benefit from working with us.
Some of the most reported benefits that Sustrans volunteers reported include:
- reduced loneliness and isolation
- being involved in a meaningful activity
- making new friends
- increased physical and mental activity.
And there are lots of other benefits to volunteering with Sustrans too. From learning new skills and improving existing ones, helping to improve your local environment, being outdoors in the fresh air, to encouraging others to walk and cycle.
There really is something for everyone, and we’d love you to join us.