In 2010, the Australian Bureau of Statistics found that over 6 million Australians volunteer (that’s a whopping 36% of the population, and the figure is closer to 40% today). People volunteer for many reasons and in many ways. You can learn new skills, meet new people, try something new, and make a difference to your community. SEEK Volunteer and Go Volunteer are two popular places that make it easy to find opportunities to suit your interests and location. See below for an example of the current opportunities that are available around our region.
If you want to volunteer directly with Southern Cross Housing there are a number of projects that you can get involved in, from joining our Tenant Advisory Committees in Nowra and Bega Valley, to becoming an Ambassador for our Good Neighbour Program. If you are interested in joining one of these groups please call the friendly CA Team on the number above.
HOW IT WORKS?
There are two main ways that people choose a volunteer role. One is to choose an organisation or cause that is close to your own heart and you want to help. The second is to choose a volunteer role based on the skills you want to use or gain. Think about your own motivations for volunteering, how much time you can commit and what you hope to get out of it. This will help you to choose a role that is a good match for you.
- Volunteer Retail Assistant for Salvos Stores (NSW) – Community Services
Use your customer service skills to make people’s shopping experience the best it can be.
- Volunteer Learning Club Tutor for The Smith Family – Education & Training
Use your skills to support young people.
- Australian Red Cross : Justice Volunteer Mentoring Service – Volunteer Mentor, Nowra
The Australian Red Cross Justice Volunteer Mentoring Service links people in custody with volunteer mentors who can assist them with building community networks, developing pro-social skills, and supporting the achievement of self-determined goals.
Volunteers will take participants on monthly excursions outside the prison as part of their Sponsored Leave to help them practice being in the community. Over the final year of the mentee’s sentence, the volunteer will develop a positive interpersonal relationship with them in order to create a powerful foundation for change. Apply here.
- Community Transport Driver for Eurobodalla Shire Council – Community Services. Community transport drives uses Shire Council cars to transport older people in the community to doctors, shopping and events.
Opportunities Across: Moruya NSW, Narooma NSW, Batemans Bay NSW, Eurobodalla NSW
- Volunteer Visitors for Residential Aged Care Facilities
Volunteers will be providing companionship and social connection for our residents in aged care. Opportunities in: Tura Beach NSW, Eden NSW, Merimbula NSW
- Donation Sorting Volunteers for St Vincent de Paul Society
Volunteers will assist with retail duties, sorting donations and customer service. Regular or once-off, anything helps. Cooma NSW