05 May Community Connection Through Volunteering
Volunteering has so many benefits, both on us and the people that we are helping. It can provide you with a sense of purpose and community, and teach you valuable skills that can provide you with great job prospects. Ultimately though, it is part of human nature to get joy out of helping people, and has positive effects that continue to flow through the community.
There are plenty of opportunities in our region that will enable you to get involved with volunteering. Charities, like the Salvation Army and Lifeline usually need people to help in their stores. Local aged-care facilities are another great option.
Sue from Gladstone Mindcare said that volunteering gives her a chance to make a difference in people’s lives.
“I love getting to talk with new people while engaging in fun activities,” said Sue.
The Gladstone Mindcare Hub is a place where anyone can contribute, and everyone is welcome to help create the community that we want to live in. Contact Gladstone Mindcare on Facebook or their website to learn about their volunteering opportunities.
Rainbow on the Reef, Gladstone’s upcoming inaugural Pride Festival, are currently looking for volunteers to help with various opportunities over the weekend of June 10-12.
Currently, they are looking for people to fill the roles of:
- Merchandise Stall- setup and selling of merchandise
- Meet & Greet- welcome attendees at different events
- Videographer- video activities for use on social media and promotion of 2023 festival
- Festival Activation- coordination of art competition
Everyone has something to offer that can make a difference whether it’s from lived experience, life skills, learnt knowledge, work experience, hobbies, a passion, talent or interest. Get involved in the short or long term and your time and energy will be appreciated.
Start your journey to volunteering today by registering your interest as a Care Army Volunteer (QR code attached) or to find out more get in touch with Debbie, your local Neighbourhood and Care Army Connect Worker located at Gladstone Community and Neighbourhood Centre, Philip Street Communities and Families Precinct or on mobile 0459 570 067.
Volunteering is a great way to give back, meet new people and connect with your community. There is a role waiting for you!