The happy scene: how volunteering can work for you

From giving your confidence a boost to belonging to a tribe, volunteering is a positive feedback loop in action

CW volunteer campaign
(Image credit: Charlie Crowhurst)

Forgoing the snug warmth of the duvet to haul yourself out of bed and stand on a windswept junction with a lollipop for a few hours might sound like a sacrifice (other volunteering jobs are available, of course), but while we make much of the noble idea of  'giving back' to the sport, there are a number of benefits to be enjoyed through volunteering. 

As we continue with our campaign to encourage people to sign up to give back, we spoke to sport psychologist Dr Josephine Perry, author of the 10 Pillars of Success, who described five different benefits with a reach and a depth well beyond cycling and sport.

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Josephine Perry

Dr Josephine Perry is a Chartered Sport and Exercise Psychologist whose purpose is to help people discover the metrics which matter most to them so they are able to accomplish more than they had previously believed possible. She integrates expertise in sport psychology and communications to support athletes, stage performers and business leaders to develop the approaches, mental skills and strategies which will help them achieve their ambitions. Josephine has written five books including Performing Under Pressure, The 10 Pillars of Success and I Can: The Teenage Athlete’s Guide to Mental Fitness. For Cycling Weekly she tends to write about the psychological side of training and racing and how to manage mental health issues which may prevent brilliant performance. At last count she owned eight bikes and so is a passionate advocate of the idea that the ideal number of bikes to own is N+1.