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Volunteers are often referred to as the glue that holds communities together. Whether it’s volunteering at a hospital, an aged care facility, or the local football club, having members of the community pitch in to create a better society is something we as Australians are proud of.

These ‘unsung heroes’ work tirelessly to help build stronger communities and develop a better quality of life for all within them.

Australian Unity is proud to deliver volunteering programs for our employees, as well as people within the community, who wish to contribute to the development of our society.

Does volunteering make us happier?

According to the Australian Unity Wellbeing Index, curated each year in association with Deakin University, volunteers consistently rank one of the highest in happiness when it comes to full-time and/or part-time work.

Why? Community connection and engagement is important to our sense of wellbeing1. When we are feeling good, we are more likely to contribute to society positively, and a combination of the interaction provided by volunteering and the personal satisfaction achieved can help explain the positive impact on our happiness.

How can volunteering help me?

Aside from the positive contribution to the community, volunteering can serve the volunteer almost just as much. Volunteer roles often act as work experience, helping develop and expand the skills required for certain full-time paid roles. It can also contribute to the building of many personal attributes and traits.

Some of the impacts volunteering can have on a person giving their time might include:

  • increased self-confidence
  • networking and community connections
  • development of professional skills
  • sense of accomplishment

Australian Unity in the community

Australian Unity is a company founded on social values and community contribution.  Established in response to unmet community needs in 1840, we continue to identify and help solve the health and financial needs of the broader community.

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Wellbeing index

Since 2000, we've been at the forefront of measuring the happiness and wellbeing of Australians. 
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Financial Inclusion Action Plan

We are using our individual commitment and collective range of skills to support those facing financial exclusion

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Reconciliation Action Plan

We are dedicated to driving reconciliation through employment and training outcomes.   

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