Volunteer

Volunteer

Better Together would like to thank you for your interest in becoming a volunteer for our association. Volunteers play an important role in any organisation and we appreciate any time and effort someone might be able to commit to the organisation.

There are an unlimited number of ways you can support our organisation, and there are various ways to get involved and assist Better Together.

There are many reasons why people volunteer and many benefits that flow on from this.

WHY VOLUNTEER WITH BETTER TOGETHER?

Help others while you help yourself!

1. Volunteering with Better Together may allow you to enjoy better physical and mental health.

Assists you to stay physically healthy

In the US in research conducted in studies have found that those who volunteer have a lower mortality rate, and has been known to lessen symptoms of chronic pain and heart disease. Volunteering can lower stress levels and help manage chronic illnesses. Volunteers are also said to score higher than non-volunteers on several measure of overall satisfaction of life, emotional wellbeing and health.

Combat depression and increase positive emotions

Other health benefits of volunteering are its ability to reduce the risk of depression and increase your. When volunteering with Better Together you will be out of isolation and providing regular contact with your local community members. Also much research has shown that volunteering has created what has been referred to as “the happiness effect”; the more one volunteers the happier they become. This increasing in one’s positive moods and emotions in turn strengthens ones immune system.

Volunteering increases self-confidence

Volunteering can provide a healthy boost to your self-confidence, self-esteem, and life satisfaction. You are doing good for others and the community, which provides a natural sense of accomplishment. Your role as a volunteer can also give you a sense of pride and identity. And the better you feel about yourself, the more likely you are to have a positive view of your life and future goals.

2. Meet New People and Community Networks

Volunteering can increase your social and relationship skills and a great way to make new friends and strengthen already existing ones. Volunteering brings together a diverse range of people from all backgrounds and walks of life. Both the recipients of your volunteer efforts and your co-workers can be a rich source of inspiration and an excellent way to develop your interpersonal skills. Volunteering also offers an incredible networking opportunity. Not only will you develop lasting personal and professional relationships but it is also a great way to learn about people from all walks of life, different environments, and new industries. Networking is an exciting benefit of volunteering and you can never tell who you will meet or what new information you will learn and what impact this could have on your life.Volunteering provides an opportunity
How Better Together can assist with networking, as we are a community organisation which thrives and drives on its local community networks. One of our fundamental philosophies is that as a community we operate “Better Together” so creating, developing and maintain those networks and collaborations are vital to our organisation success and vitality. The better our organisation is connected to our local community the better we can serve and deliver the best supports possible for our service users. The relationships you can develop from volunteering with our organisation could also potentially benefit you in a paid role and make that role easier in the future, as the better you know your community the easier it is to work with it.

3. Expand and Learn New Skills and Knowledge

Volunteering is the perfect vehicle to discover something you are really good at and develop a new skill. It is never too late to learn new skills and no reason why you should stop adding to your knowledge just because you are in employment or have finished education. Choosing to volunteer with Better Together will give you the skills and knowledge to work to create and develop a more inclusive community. We strive to be on top of the latest principles on inclusion and developing valued roles and relationships for vulnerable people.
You can use the opportunity to develop your knowledge of the disability and community industry, whilst teaching you valuable new skills or supporting you to build upon the skills you have already and use them to benefit the greater community. Being a non-for-profit community organisation Better Together has the ability to offer a range or opportunities for you to work in a variety of activities anything ranging from;

• administrational
• operational
• community connecting
• disability supports
• program development
• public relations
• promotion
• marketing
• event management

Better Together also provides a volunteer an opportunity to develop their skills in anything from
• public speaking
• problem solving and adaptability
• time management
• communication
• team work
• organisational skills
• timelines
• leadership
• professionalism
• customer service
• planning
• creativity

4. Become more employable

• 73% of employers would recruit a candidate with volunteering experience over one without
•  94% of employers believe that volunteering can add to skills
•  94% of employees who volunteered to learn new skills had benefited either by getting their first job, improving their salary, or being promoted
• You are 30% more likely to find employment
• Are highly statistically significant at the 99% confident level

Volunteering is an excellent way to get work experience. You’ll also develop desirable transferable skills, so you can impress future employers. You will also be networking and making relationships within your local community which can increase your pool of knowledge about local jobs.
Better together has a reputation at being at the forefront of systemic industry change and development, teaching, learning and guiding other businesses, community groups and organisations to ‘be part of the change’. Better Togethers aim, mission and vision has been developed and based on progressive principles and philosophies.

5. Better Community Connections

One of Better Togethers principals are partnerships, alliances and collaborations. We believe that to be a community you need to be a part of it. We believe that Individuals, organisation and businesses working together create better and stronger community connections resulting in better outcomes for all.

6. Sense of satisfaction helping others in need

Most importantly volunteering for Better Together is a great way to make a difference in your local community and feel good whilst doing it. Personal fulfillment, growth and development are positive changes which can occur from Volunteering with Better Together. Every person counts we all deserve equal access participation and inclusion, and supporting an organisation who core belief is that we are “Better Together” provides you with an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of many disenfranchised and devalued populations particularly those with a disability and or mental health issue

For more information please contact us