Keeping active in retirement is high up on the agenda for many people, and volunteering is a great way of achieving just that.
Not only is it a means of staying social in retirement, but it can be a rewarding experience as you give something back to the local community and help make the transition to retirement that little bit easier.
With many good causes looking for people to help out, there should really be no shortage of projects for you to get involved with during your post-work years.
One difficulty that some retirees face that they do not know where to go to find their placement – Volunteering Australia offers the following guidelines to help you find the right project for you.
Get in touch with your local volunteering centre
You might not realise it, but there are various volunteering centres located up and down the country that are dedicated to helping you locate a placement.
When you get in touch, you should be offered an appointment to discuss the opportunities available and see what you hope to gain from volunteering.
Their details can be found on the Volunteering Australia website.
Browse your local newspaper
Good causes will often use local newspapers to advertise their need for voluntary staff – the next time you pick up a paper, have a flick through and you might stumble across the ideal project.
Contact your local council
Local councils are also a great resource for would-be volunteers – they usually provide community directories of organisations that are in need of help.
It is also worth taking the time to look at their websites, as it is common for vacancies to be uploaded there as well.
Finding out when the latest list is likely to be published will help you stay ahead of the game and give you the best chance of finding a placement you really want.
Seek out a community centre or neighbourhood cause
You could of course do your own legwork and look up any worthy causes in your neighbourhood.
Word of mouth is a great way of finding out about opportunities, so discuss your plans with friends and family and ask them to keep an eye out for anything they think might be suitable.
Community centres are a fantastic source of information – drop in or give them a call to see if they know of any project that could do with a spare set of hands.