It's National Volunteer Week - the perfect time to compare notes about why we volunteer alongside our busy working lives.
I volunteer because I believe in a deeper purpose in life. This world is not yet what it could become, and there is a purpose that shines through everyone who gives their time to put a smile on another person’s face. This is what life is about.
That's why I volunteer as officer in the Boys Brigade, leading the Amicus group, and Chair the Welsh Region of the Boys Brigade. I am also a trustee of ProMo Cymru, a third sector company building positive change and lasting relationships between young people, families and communities
While I pride myself on thinking differently in my day job, it turns out I'm disappointingly typical when it comes to my reasons for volunteering! According to NCVO100, "wanting to do good" is the most common motivation to volunteer.
I also love sharing my passion for the natural world and teaching our amazing young people how to deal with challenges resourcefully. Studies show that spending time in nature has various health benefits. I'll always look fondly on the adventurous memories I made while earning my bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh awards.
Throughout my life, I've been blessed by people volunteering their time to help me become the person I am today. Now I hope to help others in the same way, promoting habits such as reverence, discipline, and self-respect.
Not only does volunteering benefit the world, it's also good for our economy. The estimated annual value of volunteering to the UK economy is £22.6bn - equivalent to about 1.2% of GDP.
I'd love to hear your thoughts and stories about volunteering, so please do comment or message me @davidmartin_law
‘Wanting to do good’ is the most common motivation to volunteer. In 2017/18, 46% of people said that they volunteer to improve things and help others.