SHARING THE LOV

If you’ve found your way to Lovlist, chances are, you're the sort of person who puts their hand up and volunteers when the call goes out. What would we do without people like you!

Volunteers make a huge contribution to society and the act of serving others brings a sense of fulfilment and satisfaction to those who volunteer.

"The importance of voluntary work to national life is increasingly being recognised. Voluntary work meets needs and expands opportunities for democratic participation, personal development and recreation within a community and helps to develop and reinforce social networks and cohesion."
(ABS Voluntary Work, Australia, 2010 Summary of Findings)

Volunteers are more connected to their communities. According to ABS Data, the last census reveals that volunteers were more likely to be involved in other aspects of community life than those who had not volunteered in the last 12 months……………(82%) were much more likely than non-volunteers (55%) to have attended a community event in the last 6 months, and were almost three times more likely to have ever provided a service or activity in the local area (44% compared to 15%)The importance of voluntary work to national life is increasingly being recognised. Voluntary work meets needs and expands opportunities for democratic participation, personal development and recreation within a community and helps to develop and reinforce social networks and cohesion.
(ABS Voluntary Work, Australia, 2010 Summary of Findings)

Volunteering can take many forms. In your own community you can help out at your child’s school, at church or the local sporting club; you can cook for the local fair or join a community gardening group. Volunteering locally offers the opportunity of making new friends and connections and learning more about the area in which you live. If you’re interested in volunteering locally, check the noticeboards at your local library or community centre. Or try Do Something Near You, a website which makes it easy to find ways to get involved in community volunteering, listing opportunities according to where you live.

In the wider community, you can volunteer to assist in a more formal way. Many organisations rely on the thousands of volunteers who are able to offer their time and their skills to help others. Lifeline is one example. Primarily Lifeline provides immediate, short-term help from emotional and psychological distress through its telephone counselling service. Through its centres it offers many other services including financial counselling, youth and disability services. A variety of skills are needed to deliver these services and each year hundreds of people are trained to do just that.

There are countless other organisations who, like Lifeline, engage and train volunteers to assist in the community. As a volunteer, you join a like-minded group of empathetic people who wish to make a difference to other people’s lives.  If you are interested in finding out how you can help you can contact the organizations directly or try one of the following organisations, which matches people with organisations according to skills, interests, availability and location.

Volunteer Match helps people from right across Australia match their skills from industries such as IT, hospitality, design, accounting, law and sales to a relevant and rewarding volunteer role.

Go Volunteer and Seek Volunteer match people with appropriate volunteering opportunities. The website uses a national database of volunteering opportunities. These are listed by volunteering involving organisations, Volunteer Resource Centres and State Volunteer Centres.