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Being a volunteer has lots of benefits. It can bring meaning and purpose đồ sộ your life, while increasing your self-esteem and wellbeing. Volunteering can also relieve stress, and alleviate symptoms of depression. As well as having a positive impact on your community, volunteering can improve your relationships.

Volunteering explained

Volunteering is spending time willingly đồ sộ help someone else without being paid. It can be formal or informal. Informal volunteering includes helping friends and family with things lượt thích babysitting, home page repairs or caring. Formal volunteering usually takes place through a charity or other not-for-profit or community organisation.

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There are many organisations that actively seek volunteers. These include areas such as:

  • animal welfare lượt thích the RSPCA
  • conservation — see Conservation Volunteers nước Australia or Call 1800 032 501
  • vulnerable people, lượt thích the Australian Red Cross, The Smith Family, the Starlight Children’s Foundation, UnitingCare nước Australia, and Meals on Wheels
  • state emergency services, rural fire services and Surf Life Saving Australia
  • volunteers overseas, lượt thích Projects Abroad, World Youth International and Australian Volunteers Program

What bởi you hope đồ sộ get out of volunteering?

Volunteering can be very meaningful and enjoyable, and in turn may be good for your mental health and wellbeing.

Volunteering can:

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  • give you a sense of achievement and purpose
  • help you feel part of a community
  • help you feel better about yourself by improving your self-esteem and confidence
  • help you share your talents, learn new skills and create a better work-life balance
  • help combat stress, loneliness, social isolation and depression
  • help you meet new people, which can help you feel more connected and valued

Social benefits of volunteering

Volunteering is a great way đồ sộ meet new people and build healthy relationships. It strengthens your ties đồ sộ the community and exposes you đồ sộ people with similar interests.

Volunteering also gives you the opportunity đồ sộ practise and develop your social skills.

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Because volunteering keeps you in regular tương tác with others, it can also help you develop a solid tư vấn base. As well as helping đồ sộ protect you against stress and depression, volunteering can help with mental health recovery.

More information

  • Volunteering nước Australia has fact sheets for volunteers on its trang web. It also links đồ sộ Volunteer Resource Centres in each state and territory.
  • You can tìm kiếm for volunteer positions in your local area through the Go Volunteer trang web.
  • ReachOut has information on ways đồ sộ look after yourself while volunteering, finding meaning in charity, and the benefits of random acts of kindness.
  • SANE has information on getting back đồ sộ work after a mental illness.

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Last reviewed: September 2021