An exciting component of this award is the opportunity to develop your leadership skills through volunteering. Volunteering is a fantastic way to realise your full human potential by developing your own skills – all whilst making a valuable contribution to society! Increasingly, employers are looking for demonstrated leadership experience and skills when recruiting university graduates.
Volunteering can provide practical ‘hands on’ experience in a leadership role, as well as the opportunity to observe leadership qualities in others. In fact, Volunteering Australia defines formal volunteering as ‘of benefit to the community and the volunteer’. So it’s the perfect vehicle to spend some time developing your leadership skills whilst making a valuable contribution.
Here are some quick facts about volunteering in Australia, gathered from the latest ABS Voluntary Work, Australia Survey (2006). These figures were released in July 2007.
- 34% of the adult population (5.4 million people), volunteer
- Slightly more women (36%) than men (32%) volunteer
- The total annual hours volunteered was 713 million
Universal Declaration on Volunteering
Volunteering is a fundamental building block of civil society. It brings to life the noblest aspirations of humankind the pursuit of peace, freedom, opportunity, safety and justice for all people.
In this era of globalisation and continuous change, the world is becoming smaller, more interdependent and more complex. Volunteering either through individual or group action is a way in which human values of community, caring and serving can be sustained and strengthened.
Individuals can exercise their rights and responsibilities as members of communities, while learning and growing throughout their lives, realising their full human potential. Connections can be made across differences that push us apart, so that we can live together in healthy, sustainable communities, working together to provide innovative solutions to our shared challenges and to shape our collective destinies.
At the dawn of the new millennium, volunteering is an essential element of all societies. It turns into practical, effective action, the declaration of the United Nations, that we, the people have the power to change the world.
Reproduced from ‘Universal Declaration on Volunteering’ and ‘Volunteering Statistics’ from the Volunteering Australia website with the permission of Volunteering Australia.