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Scrolling through EthicalJobs and GoVolunteer thinking "someone's strategically compiled a list of things I'd be terrible at" haha Smiley Tongue
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@Bay52VU I saw one for children reading to dogs and my heart just lit up! So adorable! Smiley Very HappySmiley Very Happy
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Love this post @j95! Smiley Happy

That mentoring position sounds awesome. I really want to get into more volunteering work but I have found it quite difficult to find anything

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I volunteer quite a bit being unemployed and all.

I am a Youth Ambassador for ReachOut which I love and has helped me push myself in ways that I didn't think were possible! I gave up my laptop for a whole month to raise funds for them as part of Up Your Game For The Month of May which while challenging was rewarding long term. I have also run a few stalls at schools and expos, walked 5km twice and just helped promote ReachOut in general (my car even has a ReachOut sticker on it!). Having anxiety means I can share my own experiences with mental illness while also promoting the awesome work ReachOut does.

Every second Thursday I help out at the local youth centre as a mentor, which is fun and just means I get to do activities while chatting to at risk kids.

Then I am involved in my church, so I do the projector every few weeks, help out at holiday programs we run (which always results in sickness by the end of it!) and do whatever else I get volunteered for (my Dad likes to put my name forward for things) which is mainly baking.

 

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@ErinsAntics I totally get you re: volunteering heaps while unemployed. Before I had my current job, volunteering was basically the only thing I had on my resumé.

Being a Youth Ambassador for RO sounds really fun! I hope to try it sometime!

 

Is there any place you'd ideally love to volunteer/work at?

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@letitgo I am not just saying this but I LHeartVE being a Youth Ambassador for ReachOut! I just love how supportive the crew is and enjoy knowing I am being a part of something bigger. What's also good is that I can be super flexible with what I do and get given chances to try new things.

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Love this thread and so great to see what other people are doing in their volunteer roles.

I have volunteered for a few different organisations. When I was 18 I volunteered for my local Lifeline branch working in the sorting centre for the op shop and then doing public relations, media and promotions. I helped to orchestrate some of the positive mental health campaigns we had in the local area such as flashmobs during our Country Music Festival. Was a hell of alot of fun.

I currently volunteer for the Salvation Army, working as a No Interest Loans Officer which I have found is truly rewarding. I am currently studying a Bachelor of Social Work and this role has given me such great opportunities to grow my case working skills. I also help out in my local corps office doing sign ups for various events such as our christmas hampers for those experiencing finacial hardship.

I love volunteering, not only has it given me valuable experience in the sector I want to be employed in someday but the networking you can achieve is so crucial. If your having trouble finding volunteer work I suggest looking at your local services directory for community services and give a few places a call and ask if they need volunteers.

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@j95 I'm pretty sure I know which restaurant you're referring to but won't say the name Smiley Tongue I've been a few times and the volunteers are always lovely... and the food too!

 

I volunteer for a large first aid organisation (which again I won't name, but you can probably figure it out really easily). I've managed to have some really awesome experiences through them - everything from AFL matches to music concerts (I even got to see The Wiggles perform last year hahaha). As a nursing student it's helped me gain confidence in my clinical skills and also to network with other healthcare professionals/students. Never know when those connections may come in handy Smiley Tongue

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Wow @ErinsAntics! Glad to see another fellow RO YA here Smiley Happy

Yes @lokifish, I totally agree! All the experiences and connections gained through volunteering are very valuable and the feeling is worth every second

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Wow @SmileMonkey I think I'd quite like volunteering for Lifeline. I've often considered joining for their helpline service but the fee is too steep for my meagre wages, haha

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