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Social Capital from Volunteering
Kath Snell
Volunteer Task Force
08 9318 5700
[email protected]
Oni Heuir Ni Fedir
network of relationships among people who live
and work in a particular society, enabling that society
to function effectively.” Google.
Social Capital Definitions
“…the institutions, relationships, and norms that shape
the quality and quantity of a society's social
interactions. Increasing evidence shows that social
cohesion is critical for societies to prosper economically
and for development to be sustainable. Social capital is
not just the sum of the institutions which underpin a
society – it is the glue that holds them together.” The
World Bank.
Robert D Putnam
“… interaction enables people to build communities,
to commit themselves to each other, and to knit the
social fabric. A sense of belonging and the concrete
experience of social networks (and the relationships
of trust and tolerance that can be involved) can, it is
argued, bring great benefits to people.”
Volunteer Task Force
Volunteering - contribution to mental health
• Feeling of belonging
• Helping to get back on feet
• Routine in life
• Building confidence
• Creating networks
• Socialising
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Volunteer benefits
VOLUNTEER SURVEY DATA (67 respondents)
Volunteering with VTF has had a positive impact on
the following areas of my life:
• Mental Wellbeing 68%
• Self Confidence 60%
• Community Knowledge 81%
• Physical Health 51%
Two way benefits
Clients at Qigong program, part of Step into Life service
The Master Gardener
“... Results from this study, however, indicate that the
value to the individual gardener goes beyond
educational benefits to include improvements in
physical and social activity, self esteem and nutrition.
The Master Gardener program provides an individual
with the opportunity for volunteering. Volunteering in
almost any capacity brings value to the individual and
contributes to positive feelings of life-satisfaction, self
esteem, and self-rated health (Wilson 2000).”
Kath Snell
Volunteer Task Force
08 9318 5700
[email protected]