"The best exercise that you can do is to help someone else who is down to get up."
Volunteering through Connect 2 Grow
A part of the popular presentation Tony McManus delivers to corporate and community groups, about dealing with Mental Health is the suggestion that “the best exercise that you can do is to help someone else who is down to get up”.
Tony’s focus is to encourage those who are either suffering from a mental health issue or who are wanting to improve their existing level of self esteem by focusing on becoming involved in mentoring or volunteering. Connect 2 Grow (C2G) was devised by Tony McManus and is a pipeline for people interested in Volunteering but aren’t sure where to start.
Connect 2 Grow is a Facebook page with the objective of encouraging more volunteers to engage with needy organisations. The benefit is the creation of a win – win situation where not only does the volunteer organisation benefit, but the self esteem and well being of the volunteer is maintained and enhanced!
A good example of this type of Volunteering is the opportunity provided by Big Brothers Big Sisters where the mentoring provided by the Volunteer helps a young person who fights serious adversity.