The art of volunteering

If you want to do something to help others while broadening your own horizons, then volunteering is the way to go

11th September, 2016
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Barry McGee has been teaching tai chi at the Twilight Programme in St Patricks Hospital in Dublin for eight years Pic: Maura Hickey

When it comes to writing, painting or any kind of creative activity, solitude can at once be a blessing and a curse. A quiet environment facilitates productivity, but too much quietude can prove dangerous.

Living and working alone for years on end can do strange things to the mind. Working largely from home as a freelance journalist, I was becoming acutely aware of this and decided to combat it with some local volunteering: teaching creative...

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