People volunteer for lots of different reasons. There might be one reason, or many.
It could be to:
- Help others.
- Learn skills – perhaps to gain work experience.
- Meet new people.
- Gain confidence
- Share your skills or hobbies with others.
- Support a cause you believe in
- Have fun.
- Have a reason to leave the house and get out into the community.
There are many different volunteering roles.
Some examples are:
- helping older people in aged care
- preparing and/or serving food and drinks
- teaching other people something that you are good at
- helping at a sporting club
- visiting someone and having a chat with them
- gardening or outdoor work
- sorting and selling second hand clothes and goods (like in an Op Shop)
- Social media and marketing
These are just some examples, but there are many more to explore!
There are a few questions you and the person you are supporting need to think about before you start your journey to volunteering.
- What day or times can you volunteer?
- How often can you volunteer? Weekly, Fortnightly or Monthly, or perhaps just for special events a couple of times per year.
- What kind of things am I good at?
- What interests and hobbies do I have?
- What would I like to gain from volunteering?
Download our workbook to explore these and other questions.
If you don’t know what kind of volunteer role would be suitable, you can do a quiz. It’s for people to think about what kind of paid job they would like, but it might help to decide about a volunteer role too.