National Volunteer Week
22 May 18
May 21-27 marks National Volunteer Week in Australia, as we celebrate and give thanks to the 6 million Australians who volunteer their time to make a difference in their local communities.
May 21-27 marks National Volunteer Week in Australia, as we celebrate and give thanks to the 6 million Australians who volunteer their time to make a difference in their local communities. According to Volunteering Australia it is estimated that over 900 million hours are volunteered in Australia annually. Volunteers are inspired to be involved in volunteering as it allows them to give something back to their community and allows them to truly make a difference in the lives of others.
“The State of Volunteering in Australia Report found that 93% of people saw positive change as a result of their volunteering efforts.”
At Respect our Vision is a world where the elderly feel respected, valued and enjoy a quality of life and we believe that volunteers can play a vital role in bringing our vision to life. As a not-for-profit aged care provider, Respect relies on the wonderful volunteers that generously donate their time to assist with a wide variety of tasks. Volunteering at your local aged care facility can have a wonderful impact on the residents and you will certainly get a lot out of the experience.
Some of the benefits for the volunteer include:
- Improve the quality of life of our residents
- Making a difference in your community
- Act on your values, passions and interests
- Make new friendships
- Gain work experience and learn new skills
- Enjoy new social and cultural experiences
- Develop personally and build confidence
- Enjoy better physical and mental health as studies show volunteering makes us healthier and happier
There are a wide variety of roles that volunteers can take on at our aged care facilities, whether it is helping out with general tasks like fundraising, cleaning or gardening – or something more resident focussed. Many of our volunteers also combine helping out with their passions, such as teaching a painting class or organising a knitting group for the residents to get involved in. Other times it can be more 1-on-1 activities such as reading, playing cards or just having a cuppa and a chat.
Volunteering is a great way to make a positive difference in somebody else’s life, while at the same time having fun and gaining new skills. All that you need to do to become a volunteer at Respect Aged Care is a national police certificate, some spare time and a great attitude. If you’d like to become a volunteer simply send us an email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll be in contact soon.