Giving up your time to volunteer at a local organisation in need of assistance may be a selfless act but don’t underestimate the benefits of getting involved.
Australians are generous with their time – 34 per cent of the adult population contribute more than 700 million hours each year volunteering. As well as having obvious benefits to communities, organisations and the environment, volunteering can also give those who are no longer able to, or wish to work, a sense of purpose and the opportunity to put valuable skills to good use.
Volunteering can take on many forms. You may already have an organisation or charity that is close to your heart with which you would like to be involved. Perhaps you want to take on a new challenge, learn new skills or simply meet new people. You can volunteer locally, nationally or even overseas if you’re feeling adventurous.
Once you have worked out what kind of organisation with which you would like to be involved, consider how much time you have to give and how often you can help. There are many organisations which can assist with finding you a placement but GoVolunteer.com.au, an initiative of the Volunteering Australia is a good place to start. For more information, visit GoVolunteer.com.au.
The Australian Government also has a job search facility for those wishing to volunteer. For more information, visit
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