Have You Thought About Volunteering?
Volunteering gives you the opportunity to participate in your community, while helping
others and yourself. People volunteer for many reasons. Some do it to meet new people, learn new skills or add to their CV for example. It’s also important to recognise that as a volunteer you should expect to gain something by the experience. Just as the organisation benefits from having you, you should benefit from attending.
Benefits of volunteering #1: Volunteering connects you to others:
One of the better-known benefits of volunteering is the impact on the community. Even helping out with the smallest tasks can make a real difference to the Organisation and the people they assist. And volunteering is a two-way street. Dedicating your time as a volunteer helps you make new friends, expand your network, and boost your social skills. And of course there is the tea and bikkies, never to be underestimated.
Benefits of volunteering #2: Volunteering is good for your mind and body
Volunteering provides many benefits to both mental and physical health.
- Volunteering increases self-confidence. Your role as a volunteer can also give you a sense of pride and identity. And the better you feel about yourself, the mor
e likely you are to have a positive view of your life and future goals.
- Volunteering provides a sense of purpose.Older adults, especially those who have retired or lost a spouse, can find new meaning and purpose in their lives by helping others.
- Volunteering combats depression.A key risk factor for depression is social isolation. Volunteering keeps you in regular contact with others and helps you develop a solid support system, which in turn protects you against stress and depression when you’re going through challenging times
- Volunteering helps you stay physically healthy.The physical activity involved in certain forms of volunteering – such as the Mall Walking project has obvious benefits at any age, but it’s especially beneficial in older adults. Studies have found that those who volunteer have a lower mortality rate than those who do not, even when considering factors like the health of the participants. Volunteering has also been shown to lessen symptoms of chronic pain or heart disease.
- I have limited mobility—can I still volunteer? People with disabilities or chronic health conditions can still benefit greatly from volunteering. In fact, research has shown that adults with disabilities or health conditions ranging from hearing and vision loss to heart disease, diabetes or digestive disorders all show improvement after volunteering.
Benefits of volunteering #3: Volunteering can advance your career
If you’re considering a new career, volunteering can help you get experience in your area of interest and meet people in the field. Even if you’re not planning on changing careers, volunteering gives you the opportunity to practice important skills used in the workplace.
Benefits of volunteering #4: Volunteering brings fun and fulfilment to your life
Volunteering is a fun and easy way to explore your interests and passions. Many people volunteer in order to make time for hobbies outside of work or home as well. For instance, if you have a small unit and nowhere to plant veges, you might consider volunteering to help plant a community garden.
Consider your goals and interests when volunteering
You will have a richer and more enjoyable volunteering experience if you first take some time to identify your goals and interests. Start by thinking about why you want to volunteer. Also think about what you would enjoy doing. Volunteer opportunities that match both your goals and your interests are most likely to be fun and fulfilling for you.
Ok I’ve thought about it and I’d like to think about volunteering how do I go about it?
- Fill in the basic application form below and answer the questions about in what way you think you can contribute.
- A volunteer coordinator will contact you for a chat.
- Once we have determined you would like to proceed we will book you into the next volunteer induction and training day and further information like programmes and a skills audit will be conducted then.
- Hopefully we can match a programme to your skills and goals and we go from there.
- Happy Volunteering!