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With busy schedules it can be hard to find the time to volunteer however getting outdoors and doing something positive in nature could have a profound effect your wellbeing.

We know that volunteering can make a big difference to other people, worthwhile causes, and the whole community, but the benefits can be even greater for you! It can help you to find friends, connect with the community, learn new skills and improve your physical and mental health.

Research shows that the choices we make and the way we live can have a big impact on how happy we are. But what are the things that really matter when it comes to improving our wellbeing?


The Five Ways to Wellbeing are a great place start - and volunteering outdoors is a great way to introduce them to our daily lives.
1. Connect with other people

Volunteer as part of a team and with the people you are helping!

2. Be active

From volunteering in your local community garden, to walking a neighbour's dog or litter picking along your favourite country path, there’s something to suit every age and ability.

3. Take notice

Paying attention to the present moment and practicing mindfulness can improve mental wellbeing. Many people find volunteering in nature is a useful distraction from their day-to- day worries.

4. Keep learning

Volunteering is a great way to learn new skills – and to share yours with others!

5. Give

Helping others can be rewarding and satisfying. Volunteering it is an act of kindness which you can benefit from too!

Volunteer with us

Have you improved your physical and mental wellbeing by being more active outdoors?
Do you have an inspiring story to share?
We are also looking for Get Outside Ambassadors to be the face of our campaign and encourage people to get outside and move more in ways that suit them.

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Somerset Wildlife Trust

We depend on the support of our volunteers, who come from all walks of life, with a range of skills and experience, to help create a Somerset rich in wildlife for everyone.

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