What is volunteering?

Volunteering is the commitment of time and energy for the benefit of society, local communities, individuals outside the immediate family, the environment or other causes. Voluntary activities are undertaken of a person's own free will, without payment, except for the reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses.

Are there any benefits?

Yes! Becoming a volunteer is probably one of the most rewarding things you will ever do. People decide to volunteer for many different reasons. You may decide to volunteer because you want to enhance your studies at university, because you want to gain experience in the field of mental health, because you have a personal experience of schizophrenia or other mental illnesses and the way they affect individuals and families, or simply because you gain personal satisfaction from helping others. Whatever your reason, you will meet lots of interesting people and learn plenty of new skills.

Trained volunteers help with a range of our services including the One Door Information and Support line that is run out of our head office in Gladesville.

If you live in Nowra, you can volunteer with Helping Hands, who assist with group activities and independent living skills for those living with mental illness.  

Click here to go to our "I want to volunteer" form

Volunteering is so much fun and personally rewarding. It makes you feel good about yourself.  Click here to register.
Volunteers help at our Clubhouses and Day Centres in Sydney and regional NSW. See where..
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