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Volunteering is good for us and the community!

Volunteering is good for us and the community!

Did you know the labour input of volunteers across South Australia has been estimated to be valued at up to $453 million annually?!

Volunteers play such an important role in our community; especially in the sport and recreation industry.

In fact, 72% of Australian sport volunteers are involved in organisations that are staffed entirely by volunteers (2013).

Whether it be acting as a coach, official, team manager, administrator, board/committee member or any other position, the benefits of volunteering go far beyond the work carried out at a club.

Through the Active Lives survey (2019) conducted by the Office for Recreation, Sport and Racing (ORSR) we found that South Australians who volunteered for a sport organisation more than once in the previous 12 months were more satisfied with their life, felt that things they did were more worthwhile and were happier than those people who did not volunteer or volunteered only once.

South Australians who did volunteer more than once in the previous 12 months also had higher social capital measures than those people who did not volunteer or volunteered only once.

Social capital measures are focused on social relationships, social cohesion, and social interactions. Social capital is important because it represents the productive benefits of sociability.

South Australians who regularly volunteer are more likely to:

  • Feel rewarded
  • Have better overall wellbeing scores
  • Have better life satisfaction
  • Have greater happiness
  • Have a sense that things in life are worthwhile
  • Are more in touch with the community

So why not join the 250,000 South Australians (18% of the population aged 18 years and over) who donate their time and energy to community sport and recreation clubs?

Volunteering is a great way to connect with others while also giving back and supporting the community.

Check out the links below to find volunteer positions available in your local community.

Game On SA - let's get volunteering today!

Volunteer sites:

Volunteering SA&NT

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