We know from a range of studies that helping others has both community and personal benefits. Social connection makes us feel better as it helps prevent loneliness, isolation and depression. Good relationships with others also have a wider, positive impact on communities.

The groups listed below provide a variety of opportunities to join in, connect with others and if you’re up for it, to help out by volunteering:

Conservation Volunteers Australia – offers conservation volunteering projects across the country to connect people and neighbourhoods.

Country Women’s Association of Australia – a women’s group supporting families, especially those living in rural and remote Australia.

Neighbourhood Connect – helping people across Australia create neighbourhood groups to encourage happier, safer and more connected communities. Because life is better when we belong. 

Men’s Shed –  find your local Men’s Shed (or start one!), hang out with a few mates, build a few things, and give back to your community.

Neighbourhood Watch Australasia  – enabling safer and vibrant communities.

Orange Sky Australia – helping to positively connect our friends in need through free laundry, showers and conversation.

R U OK?  offers information and tools to help you connect with others.

Sing Australia – accepts that everyone can sing and welcomes everyone.

Thread Together – delivers new, good quality clothing and shoes to people in our community who are doing it tough. Volunteering and intern opportunities.

Welcome Dinner Project – connecting newly arrived Australians over a potluck meal in a local home.

Your local council or may also have ideas for you to get involved.