Give To Others
It’s no secret that a bit of charitable activity can be good for business: the chance for some positive PR, and a team-building opportunity as your staff rally behind a good cause.
Even the smallest act can count, whether it's a smile, a thank you or a kind word.
Larger acts such as volunteering can improve your wellbeing and help you build new social networks.
Volunteering presents you with the opportunity to meet new people, from all walks of life, utilise existing skills and gain new worthwhile skills which results in a real sense of achievement.
Local organisations in North Yorkshire that our members support include:
- Hambleton Community Action
- Herriot Hospice Homecare
- Hambleton Strollers
- Healthwatch North Yorkshire
- Friends of Chernobyl's Children
- Make It Wild
- Wensleydale Railway
- North Yorkshire Moors National Park
- North Yorkshire Moors Railway
- English Heritage
- National Trust
If you are an existing member of Northallerton Business Network and volunteer for a local organisation which is not listed above please let us know so we can further populate the list of local volunteering opportunities.
Volunteering Day at North York Moors National Park
Having photographed its many aspects over the years, Joe Cornish has developed a great fondness and appreciation of the North York Moors National Park. As part of their close ties and on-going support of the Park, and especially given that this year is the 50th anniversary of the Cleveland Way, Joe Cornish and the Joe Cornish Galleries team (together with fellow building tenants Room for Design) thought this would be a great time to dedicate a days work in contributing to the preservation of the Park.
The team reported for duty at the North York Moors National Park visitor centre at Sutton Bank, where the Park Rangers gave a brief introductory talk regarding the scope and work of the Park and safe working practice, before allocating the days work. This involved the maintenance and improvement of the disabled access paths which linked the visitor centre with famous view of Sutton Bank, Hood Hill, Lake Gormire and beyond which James Herriot famously declared to be 'the finest in England'.
The team from Joe Cornish Galleries did an amazing job!
It proved to be a physical, yet very rewarding day where all involved were pleased to have made, what is a beautiful part of the world, easier for disabled visitors to access. Everyone agreed that it was 'one hell of a view' from the office that day!
Kindness and Compassion.
The more kindness we give, the more we will receive. It’s a genuine and symbiotic two way street that reinforces the aspect of connection.
Doing an act of kindness has many benefits to all involved- to those who do it, those who receive it and those who witness it. Numerous scientific studies have shown that acts of kindness have a positive effect on the immune system and increase the production of serotonin.
Interestingly, it is those who witness an act of kindness that get the greatest physical and mental return.
Witnessing acts of kindness boosts our feelings of optimism in humanity and increases our desire to help others with acts of compassion. This leads to a moral elevation to ensure we make better decisions, helps compassion spread and increases happiness for everyone.
The thoughts above represent a snippet from a recent LinkedIn post by John Doyle including 8 practical tips to happiness. Read the full version of John's article here.