EXPO INFO: Would-be volunteers check out the 2018 Volunteers Expo will will be on again next month.
EXPO INFO: Would-be volunteers check out the 2018 Volunteers Expo will will be on again next month.

Expo is place to find out about volunteering choices

VOLUNTEERING and helping out in the community is something a lot of people dream of when they finally finish work - but where do your start?

Volunteer HQ will host its annual Volunteer Expo on October 22 and group co-ordinator Nuscha Van Nieuwkerk believes it's the perfect place to

start.

She said the event was held annually to promote and highlight volunteering in the local area.

"It is a free event and provides a platform for Not-For-Profit Community organisations to exhibit their services but it is also an opportunity to engage with individuals for possible recruitment of volunteers," Nuscha explained.

"For individuals attending the Expo, this is a great opportunity to find out about the benefits of volunteering and talk to organisations to find out about their services and how and where volunteers can assist."

She said volunteering can benefit the volunteers as much as they organisations that they help.

"Volunteering is about being in touch with your community and making a difference for its members," the co-ordinator said.

"But it is also a great way to create social contacts and to be part of a network.

"Volunteering is good for overall health, and stats show that volunteers sleep better, are happier and live longer.

"Volunteering is a huge industry with Australians volunteers contributing an estimated $290 billion to the national economy annually, yielding a 450 percent return for every dollar invested.

"Australians collectively volunteer over 932 million hours in their local communities."

Anyone who would like to make a difference and would like to make a difference but can't make the Expo can contact Volunteer HQ on 6583 8044.

"We provide a free service covering everything in volunteering, recruitment, referrals, free workshops and promotions," Nuscha said.

"VHQ links individuals and organisations together and provides on-going support. There are more than 200 volunteer job roles in various categories available for people who are interested in volunteering."

Annual Volunteer Expo at Panthers in Bay St, Port Macquarie, October 22, 10am to 2pm.