25 May 2018
National Volunteer Week – 21st – 27th May, 2018 – By Interchange Australia Consultant, Suzanne Eustace
More than 6 million Australians make a positive difference in their community by volunteering each year, undertaking a variety of tasks for a wide range of community organisations throughout the country. People volunteer for many reasons and in many different ways. Some engage in volunteering as a way to gain new skills or add to their C.V. Others use it as a way to meet new people, make new friends or try something new. Making a difference to the community and having a sense of purpose are also popular reasons for volunteering. Whatever your own personal reason is for volunteering, it is a two way exchange –“Give a little—Change a lot” which is the theme for this weeks celebration.
There are two main ways that people choose a volunteer role. One is to choose an organisation or cause that is close to their heart and they want to help. The second is to choose a volunteer role based on the skills they want to use or gain.
There is a great deal of satisfaction that comes from engaging in civic and development activities that can make a difference to people in your local community. Choosing the right volunteering opportunity can be a little daunting, so to begin with, try to be clear about what you want out of your volunteering experience and the skills you can bring to the right organisation. Volunteer Guidelines explain your rights and responsibilities, and before starting you can check that the role is clear and in line with your own goals. All Volunteers have rights and responsibilities. They comply with Volunteer Australia which has drawn up the definitions and principles for volunteers.
Go Volunteer Wingecarribee has a range of volunteer roles including one off, short term and long term opportunities. Their website makes it easy for you to find a volunteer role that suits your interests, motivation, availability and location.
Volunteering with Interchange Australia
Interchange Australia acknowledges the great contribution that volunteers make to their community and are fortunate to have a team of volunteers who provide assistance in a number of different ways. Our board of directors carry out their duties on a voluntary basis and we have a number of volunteers who provide assistance with administrative duties in the office. Other volunteers assist us with client activities and outings.
Interchange Australia is always in need of volunteers. If you would like to speak to someone about volunteering at Interchange Australia, please call 1300 112 334 or complete the volunteering form on our website.