A LITTLE CHAT CAN GO A LONG WAY: Volunteering at aged care centres can help residents live longer, healthier and more fulfilled lives. Picture: Bianca De Marchi
A LITTLE CHAT CAN GO A LONG WAY: Volunteering at aged care centres can help residents live longer, healthier and more fulfilled lives. Picture: Bianca De Marchi

Lend a hand with exciting new volunteer positions

THE Southern Downs is renowned for its strong army of local volunteers, ready to assist their community with everything from a leaky roof to a lack of good conversation. Volunteering offers both an invaluable service to others, but it also offers an opportunity to meet new people, explore new experiences and gain new skills.

With so many opportunities, however, it can be difficult to know where to start. The Daily News is here to help with this roundup of the most exciting volunteering positions on offer right now.

Animal ambulance driver
The RSPCA is on the hunt for people to assist them in rescuing neglected and injured animals. The ideal applicant must be 21 years or older, confident in handling animals, have a current drivers license and be able to communicate effectively. Both day and night shifts are available and the position, though based in Toowoomba, is responsible for service within the Southern Downs region. Volunteers stand to gain frontline handling skills, sometimes being exposed to animals in distress. For more information head to www.rspcaqld.org.au/volunteer

SES volunteer
Adventure awaits the emergency service volunteers of Warwick, who have done everything from saving stranded hikers to helping people escape floods. This rare breed of volunteer requires a strong sense of fitness and a commitment to regular training to battle through disasters and emergencies. In return, volunteers learn valuable skills and provide a crucial service to their community in crisis. For more information visit www.ses.qld.gov.au/volunteer


A friend in need
Sometimes all you need is a good chat and a strong cup of tea. Volunteers with the gift of the gab are invited to combat loneliness within the large local aged care sector by signing up with Aurous Limited community visiting service. It is a federally funded program established to promote stronger relationships between elderly people and their community, in hopes of encouraging longer, healthier and more fulfilled lives. The only requirement is a willingness to share an enthusiasm for life and a listening ear. As little as half an hour a week can make a significant difference to someone's life. For more information visit

www.aurous.org.au

Fashion forward funding
Red Cross Shops sell a wide variety of clothing and accessories, saving more than 450 tonnes of unwanted wardrobe items from clogging up landfill. Their cheap and cheerful clothing options offer a bargain to locals looking to save some cash and sales boost funds for families in need. Volunteers seeking to assist can now apply to the Warwick location, who is searching for someone to donate four hours of their time each week. No experience is necessary, all training is provided, and you can rest easy knowing your styling skills are helping people from across the country. For more information call Graeme English on 0417 147 262.



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