1. You can make a real, positive difference to people’s lives.
When volunteering in a community care organisation, you will have the opportunity to positively impact people’s lives. Generally, you will be working with vulnerable communities and people who need day-to-day support in order to live a fulfilling life. Your work will directly improve their wellbeing.
2. A career in community care services in very rewarding.
Further to the point above, supporting people and caring for people can be a rewarding experience. Not only will you be helping those within your care to lead fulfilling lives, but the work can be fulfilling for you too. This is one of the key reasons our volunteers join St John’s Community Care.
3. There are a variety of different jobs within community care services.
Depending on your interests and the vacancies available at care organisations, you could kickstart your career in an area you are skilled in or passionate about. Some of the areas you may be able to consider include aged care, disability services, multicultural support, refugee services, mental health support, child care, emergency care, family and child protection services, youth services, housing, community development, and more.
4. Work with likeminded people.
Volunteers and staff at community care services organisations are often passionate, driven, talented, and compassionate individuals. If this sounds like you, there is no doubt you will make friends and connect with your colleagues over your shared interest for making a difference within the community.
5. Improve your resume with volunteer experience.
If you have the spare time to contribute towards community care services, it can benefit you in the long run. Volunteer experience can often look good on a resume in the eyes of an employer and it could help you get some additional references when you apply for a job down the track.
6. Seek volunteers positions or employment in destinations around the country.
There is a need for community care services in both city and regional destinations across Australia. The skills you acquire as a volunteer for one care services organisation can be carried across to a new organisation if you relocate in the future.
7. You may be able to work flexible hours.
Care services are often required around the clock, so you may be able to find a volunteer position that suits your availability well and doesn’t impact your regular commitments.
8. Personal growth is inevitable when working in community care services.
Whether you are working in aged care, child care or disability services, you are bound to learn more about yourself and your community. Over time, you will become a more emotionally intelligent person with a greater understanding of the world around you.
9. Anyone who is willing to learn and grow can be a great volunteer.
To become a successful volunteer, you just need to be open to learning and willing to show compassion to people around you. If you put your mind to it, you can achieve anything!