Environmental volunteering (EV) can provide a unique way to optimise the wellbeing of participants while fostering environmental stewardship. However, the potential of EV to create human health benefits remains an under-researched area. This study provides evidence for improved wellbeing and mood state for 32 participants from diverse backgrounds undertaking EV activities. Most participants also reported improved environmental stewardship with a greatly improved understanding of the environment and the need to conserve it. Other benefits included: 31% of those seeking work obtained it; and 50% joined a volunteer group at program completion. EV provides a unique mechanism to enhance the wellbeing of the participants, while conserving the environment.
Field of Research
111799 Public Health and Health Services not elsewhere classified 0707 Veterinary Sciences 1117 Public Health And Health Services 0602 Ecology
Socio Economic Objective
920499 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) not elsewhere classified
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