When you volunteer you:

  • Choose to give your skills and time;
  • Help out the community and the not-for-profit organisation you volunteer for;
  • Get something out of it for yourself; and
  • Work in a specially designed role.

Things to remember:

  • It’s always a matter of choice;
  • It only takes place in the not-for-profit sector;
  • It’a about participating in the community;
  • It’s unpaid; and
  • It creates positive change.

Why is it important:

  • It empowers individuals;
  • It adds value to not-for-profit organisations;
  • It strengthens communities;
  • It can be a pathway to employment; and
  • It’s worth billions to the community.

Your rights as a volunteer:

  • To work in a healthy and safe environment;
  • To be covered by insurance;
  • Not to be discriminated against;
  • Not to do the work of paid staff; and
  • To receive an orientation and training.