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The science behind benefits of doing good

As part of the King’s Coronation people are being asked to get involved in the Big Help Out campaign, a day of volunteering encouraging individuals to donate their time to help others in need. But, beyond the day itself…  is it really all that simple?

New research from community retailer SPAR has found that over two-thirds of people in the UK (67%) have volunteered at some point in their lives, with young people leading the charge.

Two-thirds (61%) say that volunteering is an immediate sign of respect, demonstrating the widespread recognition of the vital role that volunteers play in their local communities. It also showed a growing movement that we are prioritising hands-on involvement in community initiatives over financial donations to charities themselves.

Ryan spoke to Dr Babu, assistant professor at Loughborough University on occupational therapy and volunteering.

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