Volunteering is an activity which takes place through not-for-profit and community organisations and projects or your local community and is undertaken:
- to be of benefit to the community and the volunteer
- of the volunteer’s own free will and without coercion
- for no financial payment.
Self-worth, great fun, friendships and job opportunities can all be part of getting involved with your community. Volunteering may be an outlet for your natural talents, a road-test for your new career, or simply a handy way to meet new friends. Your strong beliefs and values may also inspire you to volunteer.
Here are just a few of the goals that volunteering can help you achieve:
- A means of building self-esteem or confidence.
- A great way to learn or develop skills.
- A pathway to enhance work experience.
- Gain improved health and be active.
- A way to meet new people or broaden your social set.
- Make a difference in someone’s life.
- A way of expressing gratitude for help you may have received in the past or ‘giving back’.
- An opportunity to support a cause you feel strongly about.
- Feeling needed and valued is satisfying in itself.
- Make a difference within one’s own community.
To help you decide how you’d like to get involved as a volunteer, ask yourself:
- ‘What do I enjoy?’
- ‘What skills and talents can I offer?’
- ‘How can my skills and talents help a community organisation?’
- ‘What values and experiences would I like to explore?’
Alternatively, you can call the Volunteer Referral Service on 02 9261 3600 Monday–Friday, 10am–3pm, E.S.T.