Access Housing has launched a new collaborative workshop for tenants interested in volunteering.
The Pathways to Volunteering sessions aim to empower tenants to access volunteer opportunities by connecting them with their local volunteer coordinator. During the sessions participants are encouraged to share their experiences, make new social connections and learn how volunteering can benefit them.
In July and August Access Housing facilitated Pathways to Volunteering sessions for tenants in Mandurah with the Peel Volunteer Resource Centre and in Rockingham with the Rockingham Volunteer Centre.
“I was oblivious to volunteering and how to go about getting involved. This session organised by Access Housing has really been invaluable,” a Rockingham session attendee said.
Volunteering can be a pathway towards employment by providing skills and experience, but also towards improved mental health and a greater sense of belonging.
“It’s good to give back to the community and it leads to good opportunities,” another Rockingham session attendee said.
With volunteering opportunities ranging from 10 minutes a week to four days a week, tenants were able to find positions that suited their availability and interests and could register for volunteering roles on the spot.
At the conclusion of the Mandurah and Rockingham sessions tenants – ranging from students to retirees – signed up for volunteering positions in aged care support, gardening, administration and emergency relief.
“I was incredibly surprised at the many opportunities available and the variety of them,” said a Mandurah session attendee.
Access Housing hopes to continue running volunteering sessions across Perth and the South West in conjunction with local volunteering resource centres. We encourage tenants to contact their local volunteer centre or our Creating Choices Officer Alex Kepes (details below) if you are interested in any future Pathways to Volunteering workshops.
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