What is volunteering?
We recognise that volunteers are a vital part of Victoria’s social, economic, cultural and environmental fabric and volunteering delivers immense value to Victoria, for communities, places and individuals. This includes an economic contribution worth around $23 billion to Victoria in 2011, and which is set to hit $42 billion by 2021 (DPCD 2012).
Volunteering is a great way for people, regardless of their age, cultural background, location or circumstances, to get involved in the community and make a positive contribution. In addition to the satisfaction of helping out for the benefit of others, there are many reasons people volunteer such as:
- Connecting with others and improving social ties
- Positively engaging and being active within the community
- Experiencing new challenges
- Raising awareness and supporting important community issues
- Interacting with different cultures
- Contributing to social change
- Developing professional networks
- Finding a pathway to getting a job, course or training
- Developing new skills or gaining experience in a variety of roles
- Exploring different career and job opportunities.
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.
There are also volunteer support organisations in various locations, who can talk to you about volunteering and help refer you to suitable positions and organisations. You can search for a nearby support organisation from this page: http://volunteeringvictoria.org.au/volunteering-support-in-my-area/
For more information on how to obtain necessary checks for volunteering, please visit our Who Can Help section.