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Volunteering & Mentoring

Volunteering

Giving your time to a worthy cause can be an incredibly rewarding experience.

The YOURLifeChoices Volunteering page has information about volunteer work, whether you are looking for something local, Australia-wide, international or even online.

Australians contribute more than 700 million hours each year to volunteering, undertaken by 34 percent of the population. Volunteering is a great way to get out of the house, meet new people and even travel the world.

You will find information about environmental volunteering, mentoring students, working on conservation projects and much more below. So why not make the world a better place and find out how you can help?

 


 

Men's Sheds

The average Australian bloke is pretty comfortable in the shed. Whether they’re alone or with a bunch of mates, busy with a job or just sitting and relaxing, there is a sense of calm and reassurance that comes with that little bit of space outside the main house.

Now, if you wanted to set up a social program to help men remain active, get out of the living room and interact with others – you’d want to make it as comfortable and reassuring as possible, wouldn't you?

What if you decided to make the meeting space for this program feel like you’re back in the shed? Better yet, what if it actually was a shed? I think you can see where this is heading. Currently, there are two organisations in Australia that aim to do exactly that: provide a space where men can chat to old mates or make new ones, put their practical skills to the test, or simply take a break from the daily routine.

The Australian Men’s Shed Association (AMSA) and Mensheds Australia are both not-for-profit organisations that started independently from each other, but their existence just goes to show how valuable the concept of a men’s shed really is – in fact, it’s starting to become a bit of an Australian phenomenon.

 


 

Adopt A Grandparent

Many of our young children do not have grandparents living close by, some don't have any grandparents at all. The Adopt A Grandparent program has been developed for families to connect with 'grandfriends' in the community and visa versa.

At its heart, the program connects seniors in our community with young children, with pre-schools inviting senior volunteers in their area to come to their centre and participate in various supervised activities. They read to them, get involved in creative activities, crafts and play music. Some seniors tell their story about how things were when they were a child, something the children love to hear about.

The Adopt A Grandparent program is supported by people who have family like ours, dispersed around the country and even the world. Many of our young children do not have grandparents living close by. And some of our children don’t have any grandparents at all.

Those families who don’t have grandparents around, find that their children lack the presence of an older role model and often don’t know how to relate and communicate to our older generation. The real shame is that our older generation have so much to offer children by way of skills, knowledge and nurturing.