In 2010, the Australian Bureau of Statistics found that over 6 million Australians volunteer, (or to put it another way a whopping 36% of the population). And the figure is closer to 40% today. People volunteer for many reasons and in many different 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. To find out more about these opportunities head to https://govolunteer.com.au/ OR https://www.volunteer.com.au/, or give our Communities Assist Team a call on 1300 757 885.
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 Groups 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.
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.
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.
Opportunities Across: Moruya NSW, Narooma NSW, Batemans Bay NSW, Eurobodalla NSW
Volunteers will be providing companionship and social connection for our residents in aged care. Opportunities in: Tura Beach NSW, Eden NSW, Merimbula NSW
Volunteers will assist with retail duties, sorting donations and customer service. Regular or once-off, anything helps. Cooma NSW