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Where to start?

Sometimes people ‘fall into’ volunteering. Other times, people make a conscious decision to volunteer and then face the challenge of how to start. Here are some steps you can take as you embark on your volunteer journey;

  1. Decide that you want to contribute to your community by helping in the not-for-profit sector.
  2. Think about your skills and interests—which of these would you most like to use, improve or obtain in your volunteering activities?
  3. Contact your local Volunteer Support Service
  4. Search below for and read about the various roles. Choose those you like.
  5. Contact the organisation/s to indicate your interest. Find out how to apply for available volunteer positions.

Choosing a position

You may find that you have a number of opportunities to volunteer and need to make a decision as to whether a volunteer role is right for you. Seeking answers to these questions will help you decide on the best ‘fit’ or match.

Openness

  • Is the organisation a not-for-profit organisation?
  • Is there a written position description for the position?
  • Is the organisation willing to provide you with a volunteer policy explaining your rights?
  • Is the organisation willing to provide you with written information about itself?

Skills

  • Will the work maintain or develop your skills, if this is part of what you want to gain from volunteering?
  • Will the organisation provide you with a reference, if you need one?

Support

  • Does the organisation have a Volunteer Manager or other contact person to support and supervise volunteers?
  • Does it offer adequate training and orientation for you to perform your job?
  • Does it offer reimbursement for travel or money spent on behalf of the organisation?
  • Does the organisation have volunteer insurance to cover your out-of-pocket expenses following an injury during your work on behalf of the organisation?
  • Does the purpose of the organisation match your own values, beliefs and interests?