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Published August 6th 2013
Support your local community
Looking for a great way to give back to your community? Why not participate in the many volunteering opportunities available, that not only looks great on your resume but provide those less fortunate with the goods and services that many take for granted.
Being a part of many Volunteering groups myself, including The Cancer Council, The Special Olympics Asia Pacific Games, and UON services (at the University of Newcastle), I have found that Volunteering has not only provided more opportunities for myself but allowed me to participate in experiences that are unique and that I will never forget.
Newcastle is a growing community that prides itself on the support it offers to its members. It has a versatile range of opportunities that can provide you with experience in your field and the backing of local and national renowned brands.
All organisations are more than grateful for the support of its volunteers as most would not be able to run as well without them. One of the best parts is that you don't need any relative experience and they are willing to support and educate you as much as you do for them.
Some great Newcastle volunteering opportunities include;
Special Olympics Asia Pacific Games (SOAPG): The SOAPG are being held in Newcastle this year at the Hunter Stadium from the 1st to the 7th of December and are looking for Volunteers to ensure the smooth running of its events. Opportunities include; Community Engagement, IT Services, Logistics, Marketing, Sport Competition, Village Support and more, each with their own specific roles. This is great for experience in specific roles, short part time experience and a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Study Space @ the Place, this is a new Free program for year 11 and 12 students in the Newcastle, Lake Macquarie region. They aim to provide educational support and information for students. As a volunteer you can help with by being a mentor and provide your insights to the students and show them the upside of studying and that there is life after school. They also hold many other support events throughout the year.
Wesley Mission: Feeling creative? Situated around the corner of Broadmeadow train Station is an op-shop with/making a difference. With various other communities support programs, The Wesley Mission are looking for volunteers to get creative by re-creating and fixing donated items to be redistributed and given away to those less fortunate.
Timebanking is a Newcastle community initiative that aims to exchange services for services. These may include walking the dog, cooking, transporting, tuition and more, and in exchange you receive volunteer hours to receive services that you may also require. Timebanking is associated with many other volunteer groups like SOAPG where if you participate with them you can log your hrs on their website to receive its many benefits.
Along with these volunteer groups there are many other opportunities with great organisations such as; The Ronald McDonald House, The Cancer Council, Canteen, House with No Steps, The Spastic Centre, Samaritans, Salvation Army and more. All of which are looking for members to help support the services they provide to those in the community suffering from various illnesses and disadvantages.
If you would like further information I urge you to visit their websites or alternatively you can contact me as I have an active participation and communication with all volunteer groups in Newcastle. Please use WeekendNotes.com as your reference guide or (this pages web address).