ComLink is taking the Coronavirus crisis very seriously. To learn more about what steps we are taking to ensure the health and safety of our clients and staff, click here.

ComLink Blog

National Volunteer Week 2020

During National Volunteer Week we are looking at some of the reasons why people volunteer and the layered benefits that volunteering offers.

We’ve previously explored the ‘Power of Volunteering’ last year here and as we move into National Volunteer Week 2020 and explore the theme Changing Communities. Changing Lives.

This National Week provides organisations such as ComLink, and the wider community the opportunity to give thanks and recognise the hard work and contribution volunteers make to Australia. It can be often clear to see the benefits that volunteering offers organisations and the community, however digging deep on the personal benefits of volunteering can reveal some wonderful rewards.

Our clients certainly have kind words of gratitude for volunteers: “amazing volunteers that are making a world of difference in people’s lives” Josh S.

Personal benefits of volunteering include:

  1. Volunteers live longer and have healthier lives. Volunteers are happier and healthier than non-volunteers. In fact, later in life, volunteering is just as beneficial for one’s health as exercising and eating well. Older people who volunteer remain physically functional longer, have more robust psychological well-being, and live longer.
  2. Volunteering establishes strong relationships. Despite all of the online connections that are available at our fingertips, people are lonelier now than ever before. Working alongside people who feel as strongly as you do about supporting a particular cause creates a path to developing strong relationships and friendships with others.
  3. Volunteering is good for your career. Volunteering has long been viewed as a way to create new connections that lead to career opportunities and provide access to new circles of people that can boost your knowledge and industry connections. Volunteering in your current career industry—or an area you’d like to transition into—is an especially effective way to leverage social connections for career gain.
  4. Volunteering is good for society. There is a whole sector of businesses committed to doing good things for society and providing support to some of the most vulnerable people in our community. They pick up the pieces where other businesses leave off, and by volunteering for these organisations, you participate in helping society meet the needs of people from all walks of life.
  5. Volunteering gives you a sense of purpose. Although it is not well understood why volunteering provides such a profound health benefit, a key factor is assumed to be that volunteering serves to express and facilitate opportunities to carry out one’s sense of purpose. The very nature of volunteering means choosing to work without being paid for it. As a result, people choose to spend their time on issues they feel strongly about.

Do you want to feel good and make a difference in your community? We are always on the lookout for volunteers to help with our care and social services. Volunteering is flexible and starting is easy. Get in touch with us on 1300 761 011 or learn more.

Source: Psychology Today

Share this story

Related Blog Posts

You can read more on our blog page. Click the link below to find more ComLink news and insights.

Visit Blog

Tuesday 21 April 2020

New Services now available with ComLink

As things are looking very different lately for the ComLink family however one thing continues to stay the same- we are here to support our clients any way we can. So whilst our regular social support programs are on hold until further notice, the ComLink team have implemented some creative new programs and initiatives to stay engaged. Transport update ComLink is continuing to provide much needed transport services under government guidelines and include; • Non-essential Transport up to 50km from your home • Social distancing of 1.5m still applies inside and outside the ComLink vehicle To make a booking or if you have any questions regarding additional transport services please contact our friendly team on 1300 761 011. Tele-Friends With […]

Thursday 16 April 2020

ANZAC Day 2020

This year Australian’s will mark ANZAC Day like no other time in history. Dawn services and public events have been cancelled across the country as Australian’s stay home during the Coronavirus pandemic. This is certainly unprecedented however in times of uncertainty and when times are tough, Australian’s will find a way to come together to show support and demonstrate the ANZAC Spirit. And just as the ANZAC Spirit encompasses the distinctive qualities of mateship, humour, ingenuity, courage and endurance, the Australian community will come together in new ways to honour those who have served and sacrificed for this nation. Here at ComLink we have found a couple of ways to honour and share in ANZAC Day 2020… Driveway Vigil A […]

Monday 16 March 2020

ComLink update regarding COVID-19

UPDATED: 28 May 2020 ComLink takes the health and safety of its clients, staff, and volunteers very seriously. We are working to protect you during the current spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Australia. ComLink has a comprehensive Coronavirus Response and Management Plan which includes heightened infection control practices. We wish to reassure the community that all staff uphold the highest levels of hygiene and we have introduced extra cleaning for our offices and vehicles. We continually review our practices following the advice from the Department of Health. Service Changes To help slow the spread of coronavirus in the community, the Australian Government has advised that organised gatherings and meetings should be limited. As a result, ComLink has decided to cancel […]

We noticed you're using an old web browser.

Some elements of this website will not appear correctly on older web browsers. Update your browser.