Five reasons to try green volunteering this winter

Make a real impact within your community

Volunteering can be an incredible opportunity to gain new experiences, meet new people, while also working in your community to help make an impact.

Here are five reasons to get into environmental volunteering this winter:

  1. Immunity boost. It can be tempting to stay tucked up in bed on a cold winter's morning but dragging yourself out for some physical exertion can be beneficial for your immune system. Just 20 minutes of exercise has an anti-inflammatory effect on the body which in turn boosts the immune system, helping to keep those annoying illnesses away.
  2. Beat the winter blues. Taking part in environmental volunteering throughout winter will get you out in the natural light which can improve your mood. If that reason is not enough, deepening our connection with nature can make us feel happier.
  3. Do your bit to stop biodiversity loss. It's really important that we work to restore, create and conserve wildlife habitats – that's where you can come in! Environmental organisations rely on the vital support of local volunteers to help them with their countryside management work. Find out about groups offering countryside conservation opportunities on the countryside volunteering web page.
  4. Find your tribe through a taster session. January is often a time of loneliness and social isolation, volunteering is a fantastic way to increase social interaction and meet like-minded people. If the idea of joining a new group is a bit daunting, you can find out about the new fantastic free green volunteer taster sessions on offer near you. Visit the First Step Volunteering web page or email firststepvolunteering@surreycc.gov.uk
  5. Skill yourself up. With the need to tackle climate change and care for nature, there is a need for skilled people to fill the growing number green jobs, and volunteering is a great way to get some valuable experience under your belt.

Get involved

If you're interested in volunteering to help Surrey's countryside, visit our environment volunteering ideas web page to find out more.

The Downlands Partnership is keen to welcome lots more volunteers on their weekly seasonal task sessions, so if you live in northeast Surrey or beyond, why not give their friendly conservation crew a try?

There are lots of Walking for Health groups across Surrey and if you find this enjoyable, you could consider becoming a voluntary green walk leader.

You could also consider volunteering for one of the many great local small green charities across Surrey, such as the Lower Mole Countryside Trust based in Epsom, which is currently looking for a voluntary treasurer with an interest in their local countryside as well as calculations!

If you're feeling inspired, there are a range of opportunities to volunteer in Surrey, not just in the countryside. Visit our volunteering web page for more details.

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