Volunteering is an activity that involves willingly spending time to help benefit a person, people, environment or community.

What is volunteering?

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. 

Volunteering activities can be both informal and informal. Examples include:

  • supporting children, young people, and parents – for example reading, homework tutoring or helping with driving practice 
  • helping people with household activities like gardening or grocery shopping
  • participating in emergency management, response and community recovery from disasters
  • a range of environmental activities such as citizen science (e.g. counting birds), environmental clean-up and wildlife land care
  • contributing time and expertise every so often to community activities and events
  • fundraising or advocating for a cause
  • participating regularly in a structured way to support delivery of services.

Benefits

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
  • Raising awareness and supporting important community issues
  • Interacting with different cultures
  • Contributing to social change
  • Increased life satisfaction
  • 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.

Volunteering is a wonderful way to support the community, develop a sense of purpose and meaning in life and to get out and have fun. We encourage a safe return to volunteer participation. 

For more information on how to obtain necessary checks for volunteering, please visit our Who Can Help section.