People choose to volunteer for a variety of reasons. For some it offers the chance to give something back to the community or make a difference to the people around them. For others it provides an opportunity to develop new skills or build on existing experience and knowledge. Regardless of the motivation, what unites them all is that they find it both challenging and rewarding.
Below are some of the reasons people choose to volunteer. For some it provides an opportunity to:
- Give something back to an organisation that has impacted on a person’s life, either directly or indirectly
- Make a difference to the lives of others
- Help the environment
- Help others less fortunate or without a voice
- Feel valued and part of a team
- Spend quality time away from work or a busy lifestyle
- Gain confidence and self-esteem
For some, volunteering can be a route to employment, or a chance to try something new which may lead to a career change. From this perspective, volunteering can be a way of:
- Gaining new skills, knowledge and experience
- Developing existing skills and knowledge
- Enhancing a CV
- Improving one’s employment prospects
- Gaining an accreditation
- Using one’s professional skills and knowledge to benefit others (usually described as pro bono)
For others, volunteering appeals because of its social benefits. These include:
- Meeting new people and making new friends
- A chance to socialise
- Getting to know the local community
Research has also found a significant connection between volunteering and good health, showing that volunteering can (Vic Health, 2012):
- Alleviate depression
- Increase satisfaction with life
- Lower the frequency of hospitalisation
- Boost a person’s ability to cope with illness.
Bridge To Volunteering
If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, we run a free information session called “Bridge To Volunteering” every 1st and 3rd Tuesday between 11am – 12pm which explains your rights and responsibilities as a volunteer. Attending the information session is not compulsory, however, we’d like to encourage you to come along and learn more about becoming a volunteer.
- What does it mean to be a volunteer?
- What types of volunteering opportunities are on offer?
- The rights and responsibilities of volunteers and volunteer organisations.
- Workplace health and safety.
- Issues relating to insurance.
- Duty of care.
- Self care.
After the information session, you’ll have the opportunity to make an appointment to speak with one of our trained volunteer interviewers who will help match you with a suitable role.
If you would like to reserve a seat, please call us on (02) 4929 4424.