This first article claims that volunteering can boost physical and mental health - so much so that it recommends that doctors should encourage patients to volunteer.
This second article says 'Research has found that having wide-ranging interests outside of work - particularly volunteering - can help improve your productivity and wellbeing.'- Josephine Fairley
Lastly this article encourages us to take our skills Pro Bono (exactly what our Pro Bono O.R. volunteers are doing)
If you didn't already think volunteering was a great idea then maybe these articles have convinced you. There are a number of ways to get involved in volunteering; if you have O.R./analytical skills why not sign up to Pro Bono O.R.
Other useful links:
Career volunteer (recruits trustees and skilled volunteers): http://www.careervolunteer.co.uk/
Reach Skills (skilled volunteering charity): http://www.reachskills.org.uk/
Cranfield Trust (providing free business skills): http://cranfieldtrust.org/