Volunteering: Find Your Purpose and Give Back to Your Community

Retirement is a time of great change and transition. You may find yourself looking for new ways to engage with your community and find a sense of purpose.

Volunteering can help you to find a sense of purpose in retirement which can help you lead a happier, healthier and more fulfilling life.

You’ve got a wealth of life experience and skills to share… So why not make a positive impact on the lives of others?

Unfortunately, retirement can cause some people to rethink their identity and question what they stand for. Volunteering can help you to maintain a sense of identity and self-worth.

Australia has a thriving volunteering culture, and there are many organisations and causes that welcome the skills, knowledge, and experience of retirees.

Here are some of the best places to volunteer in Australia when you’re retired:


Community Centres

Community centres play a vital role in bringing people together and promoting social activities.

You can volunteer at local community centres or centres for seniors to help with recreational programs, community events, and support services.

This could include tasks such as leading exercise classes, teaching a new skill, or helping with event planning.


Environmental Organisations

Environmental organisations such as Landcare are always in need of volunteers to help with conservation and environmental projects.

You can help with tasks such as planting trees, maintaining trails, and removing invasive species.

This is a great opportunity for retirees who are passionate about preserving Australia’s natural environment.


Animal shelters

Animal shelters are a great place for animal lovers to volunteer.

There’s plenty of things you can do to help care for animals by walking dogs, grooming pets and providing socialisation for animals waiting for their forever homes.

This is a rewarding way to make a difference in the lives of animals in need.


Hospitals and Health Care Organisations

Hospitals and health care organisations are always in need of volunteers to help with patient care and support services.

You can offer a friendly and comforting presence to patients, assist with meals and other daily tasks and provide support to hospital staff.


Schools and Educational Organisations

Schools and educational organisations can benefit greatly from the life experience of retirees.

You can serve as mentors, tutors or volunteer teachers to help students succeed.

This is a great way to give back to the community and make a positive impact on the lives of young people.


Cultural Institutions

Cultural institutions such as museums, galleries, and cultural centres often need volunteers to help with events, exhibitions, and behind-the-scenes work.

You can assist by preparing exhibits, greeting visitors and providing information about the institution’s collections.


Religious Organisations

Many religious organisations, such as churches and temples, rely on volunteers to help with their community programs and outreach efforts.

You could lead religious services, teach classes or help with community events.


Charitable Organisations

Charitable organisations, such as The Salvation Army and St Vincent de Paul Society, are always in need of volunteers to help with their programs and services.

You could help by sorting donations, assisting with fundraising events and providing support to those in need.

No matter which organisation you choose to volunteer with, it’s important to select one that aligns with your interests, skills and values.

It’s also important to choose a volunteer role that fits your schedule and physical abilities, so you can make the most of your volunteering experience.