The BuddyHub pilot is up and running in Islington, North London, and we’re recruiting Buddies to join the ‘Friendship Wheel’ of an older person or Senior. A ‘Friendship Wheel’ is a new social network of four people – a Senior and their three new Buddies are matched because they share common interests and live close by. By creating ‘Friendship Wheels’ we’re alleviating and preventing loneliness and isolation and connecting communities.
6 reasons why you should become a Buddy.
Helping and supporting other people has been proven to boost your mental well-being.
It’s not our income, home, car, or job that counts. Evidence shows that what we do and the way we think have the biggest impact on our mental wellbeing. Positive mental wellbeing means feeling good about yourself and the world around you.
Volunteering a little time can make you feel happier and more satisfied with life.
Acts of kindness towards other people – such as volunteering in your local community – can give you a sense of purpose and enhance feelings of self-worth.
Relationships with others helps to improve our mental well-being.
Giving our time to others in a constructive way helps us strengthen our relationships and build new ones improving our mental wellbeing.
Giving to others creates happy feelings.
Giving to others and co-operating with them can stimulate the reward areas in the brain, creating positive feelings. Helping others also boosts self-esteem making people feel effective and capable.
Giving time to others helps make time for yourself.
The best way to cultivate “time affluence” – the feeling of having lots of time for the things you want to do – is to give time away by helping others. You may prefer spending time on yourself but it doesn’t produce this sense of ‘time affluence’ – only volunteering delivers a major boost in time affluence enhancing your sense that time is voluminous.
Giving your time to others will reduce stress.
By giving your time to others you can tap into the “abundance mind-set” whereby time used to accomplish something feels longer. Research also shows people who give time to others become objectively more productive – giving time creates time helping you feel less stressed and busy!!
So there you have it! Sign up as a Buddy, create more time for yourself and reap the rewards!!
Some of these thoughts were inspired by Oliver Burkeman in The Guardian: ‘This column will change your life: make time for yourself by giving time to others’.
Catherine McClen, Founder BuddyHub