Seven ways that you can get involved in 2016
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.