Volunteering and social activities
With more free time in retirement, find out about the range of volunteering and social activities available to keep active, learn new skills or mentor others.
Volunteeringprovides a chance to take on new experiences as well as give something back to the wider community.
Your contribution can be part time, casual, or even full time. Other possible benefits include:
- making new friends and contacts
- improved health and wellbeing
- the chance to rediscover a long-lost passion or hobby.
An organisation like GoVolunteer has general information, lists of organisations and volunteer opportunities, and helps you link up with other volunteers.
See how to make a difference at NSW Volunteering.
Your rights when volunteering
Volunteers have rights and workplace protections like any other job, covering things like:
- occupational health and safety
- hours of work, breaks and rosters
- bullying and harassment.
Speak to the organisation you're volunteering for if you feel you've experienced :
- workplace discrimination and vilification
- sexual harassment.
You can also contact the NSW Anti-Discrimination Board for more information.
Learn more about safety obligations for volunteer organisations at SafeWork Australia.