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;
- Decide that you want to contribute to your community by helping in the not-for-profit sector.
- Think about your skills and interests—which of these would you most like to use, improve or obtain in your volunteering activities?
- Contact your local Volunteer Support Service
- Search below for and read about the various roles. Choose those you like.
- 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.
- 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?
- 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?
- 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?