The work that volunteers do is very valuable to the people they work with and the organisations they support. Did you know that it is also good for your health?

Research carried out by the University of Wales showed that people who volunteer live longer, compared with non-volunteers. Volunteering can help people come to terms with their own illness and help take their mind off their own problems. Research also showed that when volunteers were asked to assess their own health, they rated it more positively than non-volunteers.

Volunteering is also a great way to develop new skills, get involved in what is going on in your community and meet new people.

For information on volunteering opportunities in Lewes district and Eastbourne contact the Volunteer Centre East Sussex by telephone 01323 639373 or by email at info@vces.org.uk. You can also visit he Volunteer Centre website.

Eastbourne Volunteers also has a wide variety of different volunteering opportunities available in the Eastbourne area.

Take a look at what is available in the Greenhaven area (Telscombe through to Seaford). There are lots of groups that will motivate and inspire you, such as your local parkrun, community gardens and wildlife groups.

It really doesn’t matter how much time you have to spare, just being part of something not only helps you physically and mentally but enriches the wider community we all live in.