Stay involved in your community

If you are made redundant, it’s important to stay connected to people. Getting involved in your local community is a great way to replace the social interaction you used to have at work. It can also help you:

  • make new networks
  • increase your confidence and self-esteem
  • challenge yourself by doing something new or different.

If you’re keen to stay involved in your community, there are plenty of things you can try. You might want to sign up for a local sports club or community group, or try volunteering.

Volunteering

Volunteering and community service can be really rewarding. It is a great way to develop new skills, use your current skills, help others or support a cause that you’re interested in.

Volunteering can also be a possible pathway to employment. Many volunteer positions involve organising or coordinating a project. This gives you a chance to develop and demonstrate your skills in a meaningful way. There are also plenty of maintenance roles if you’re better with your hands.

There are lots of types of volunteer opportunities available. What you volunteer to do can fit in with why you want to volunteer, what you like to do or what you want to learn.

Local Councils have various volunteering opportunities. Check out the volunteering information on your local council website:

If you get stuck, most Councils have a Volunteer Coordinator who can help you. Councils also have programs that can help you meet new people. Call your local Council for more information or visit their website.

Volunteering SA/NT has a volunteer vacancy board that you can use to find volunteer positions as well.

WeDo app

Search hundreds of different volunteering roles in South Australia with a large number of organisations on the WeDo Volunteering app.

It allows you to express your interest, connect with organisations directly, and you’ll also be notified of opportunities that fit with your profile.  The app will also record volunteer hours you have done, and have them verified by the organisation so you can easily add them to your resume for job seeking.

Download on the Apps Store or get it on Google Play.

Police checks

Depending on the volunteering roles, a police check may be required.

The process for this is started by the organisation that is engaging you as a volunteer, and you will be required to complete it online.

Police checks may also be required for employment across certain jobs.

Further information visit Screening Checks.