In addition to the benefits which volunteering brings to Cardiff’s communities in making them more resilient, it can help people gain confidence and self-esteem, learn skills and improve their CV and give something back to those around them, fostering a sense of community cohesion. It has been shown that it can improve people’s ability to cope with ill-health, encourage healthy lifestyles and can reduce incidence of depression and stress.

28% of people in Cardiff volunteer in some way, with charities, youth groups, environmental and faith groups. Older people and those who aren’t in full time employment are much more likely to volunteer than under 35s. However, only 43.5% of people felt that they were aware of how to access volunteering opportunities.