Volunteering is a great way for people, regardless of their age, cultural background, location or circumstances, to get involved in the community.
But we are all different and may want to volunteer for different reasons. Some of us get involved for charitable reasons, some to meet new people or some to learn new skills.
Most of us don't know about the variety of volunteering opportunities or the many other benefits of volunteering.
Apart from the satisfaction of helping out your community, there can be heaps of reasons why you should volunteer. Here's just a few:
- Meet new people and make new friends
- To give back to, or get involved in, my community
- Experience new challenges
- Raise awareness and support important community issues
- Experience different cultures
- Help people or contribute to social change
- Develop professional networks
- Find a pathway to getting a job or into a course or training
- Learn new skills or gain experience in a variety of roles
- Explore different career and job opportunities.
Research has also found a significant connection between volunteering and good health with reports showing that volunteers have:
- Longer lives
- Lower rates of depression
- Less incidence of heart disease
- Higher functional ability.