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 has a wider, positive impact on communities.
The groups listed below provide opportunities to join in, connect with others or volunteer:
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.
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.
R U OK? Offers information and tools to help you connect with others.
Sing Australia – accepts that everyone can sing and welcomes everyone.
Street by Street – helping people connect with their neighbours, help one another, and make amazing things happen street by street.
Welcome Dinner Project – connecting newly arrived Australians over a potluck meal in a local home.
Orange Sky Laundry – the world’s first free mobile laundry service for the homeless.
Your local council or govolunteer.com.au may also have ideas for you to get involved.