Vol­un­teer Me!

Seven ways that you can get in­volved in 2016

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - YOUR GENERATION -

1 Sport and Recre­ation. In WA, this cat­e­gory has the high­est vol­un­teer par­tic­i­pa­tion, but ev­ery club will tell you they need more vol­un­teers. Even if you’re not a sportsper­son, there are in­ter­est­ing roles and op­por­tu­ni­ties for you. Vol­un­teers WA’s part­ner­ship with the Depart­ment of Sport and Recre­ation broad­ens the base of vol­un­teers avail­able and helps clubs to look out­side of their own peo­ple for valu­able as­sis­tance. Case in point: the new trea­surer of a lo­cal archery club is an ac­coun­tant who wanted more ex­pe­ri­ence in his pro­fes­sion. 2 Emer­gency and Disas­ter sit­u­a­tions. The spon­ta­neous re­ac­tion to a cri­sis is of­ten to of­fer as­sis­tance in any sit­u­a­tion, which is a great trait in our state. But as great a need is the on­go­ing as­sis­tance that is re­quired for months or years af­ter­wards. There are ways to sup­port a com­mu­nity through its long term re­cov­ery that are very re­ward­ing. 3 On­line. Don't have the time or in­cli­na­tion to be a foot sol­dier? The world of on­line vol­un­teer­ing al­lows peo­ple to pro­vide help from afar and from the com­fort of their own home or of­fice. Op­tions in­clude li­brary cat­a­logu­ing, typ­ing, read­ing and trans­la­tion; you could even be re­spon­si­ble for en­sur­ing a United Na­tions doc­u­ment has been cor­rectly trans­lated. 4 Hospi­tals. Our hospi­tals are in des­per­ate need of vol­un­teers to per­form a range of un­skilled, good-will roles, from pa­tient trans­port to shop­ping for an in-pa­tient from the coun­try. This is very much an area of need and an ex­tremely re­ward­ing ac­tiv­ity. Each hos­pi­tal has a ‘Friends of’ group that you can ap­ply to. 5 Spe­cial Events. If reg­u­lar com­mit­ment isn’t your thing, Vol­un­teer­ing WA has an event cal­en­dar avail­able on­line and through its Go Vol­un­teer app you can look at for ways to help at one­off events, in­clud­ing An­zac Day, Perth Fes­ti­val and triathlons. 6 Young Peo­ple. Make con­nec­tion though the vol­un­teer groups that op­er­ate at univer­si­ties. There are great out­reach op­por­tu­ni­ties as well as the prospect to meet and en­gage with more like-minded peo­ple. 7 Down­load the Go Vol­un­teer App. You can cre­ate a vol­un­teer pro­file here so that suit­able op­por­tu­ni­ties can come to you. Oth­er­wise, walk in to any vol­un­teer re­source cen­tre such as those lo­cated in Ar­madale, Cock­burn, Fre­man­tle, Kwinana, Melville, Man­durah and sign up to help.

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