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planning for retirement, it’s important to focus not only your finances but on
how you will spend your time.
and habits change dramatically at retirement. For some this is a great relief
and a welcome opportunity to relax. For others it can be a time of boredom or
loneliness. Staying socially and mentally active is essential to a happy and
mentally healthy retirement and it’s important to have plans for activities and
interests to enhance your lifestyle when you retire.
people find volunteering a satisfying way to spend new found free time and put
their skills to use outside the workplace. In fact, a survey of Australian Catholic
Superannuation members revealed 60% of respondents were looking forward to
doing volunteer or charity work in retirement*.
to Volunteering Australia's National Survey of Volunteering Issues 2011, people say the main reason they
volunteer is "the difference I make to the community" and "the
sense of purpose it gives me". In addition to being a great opportunity to
give back, a volunteer position can provide you with new skills and
experiences, and even new friends.
are numerous Catholic organisations and groups working across Australia that
would benefit greatly from your time as a volunteer. If you’re interested in volunteering during
your retirement, but are unsure where to begin, here are some suggestions to help
you get underway:
you’re thinking of signing up for a volunteer position, your diocesan office or
local parish is an excellent place to start.
diocesan websites will list the Catholic organisations operating in the diocese
and from there you will be able to investigate further what volunteer
opportunities are available. You can find details of Catholic
diocesan offices across Australia here.
are also often keen to accept volunteers to help on local projects or
fundraising initiatives. Your local parish may advertise volunteer vacancies on
their website or in the parish bulletin.
A chat with your parish priest can also be helpful.
Social Services Australia (CSSA) is the Catholic Church's peak national
body for social services in Australia. With over 60 member organisations
providing social services to over a million Australians a year, CSSA have a large
range of volunteer programs and activities available.
of the agencies that CSSA encompasses include CatholicCare, Centacare, Marist
Youth Care, Sacred Heart Mission, Marymead and St Joseph's Care to name just a
few. You can read more about CSSA, their member organisations and volunteering on
known to most as Vinnies, the St Vincent de Paul Society has more than 40,000
members and volunteers who work to assist people in need across Australia.
opportunities at St Vincent De Paul include helping at Vinnies outlets,
office support, youth programs and special works such as homeless services,
assistance to migrants and refugees, mental health programs, food vans and
wide variety of positions available at Vinnies means it’s easy to find
something to suit your skillset, interests and availability. Volunteer vacancies are advertised on the
Vinnies state office websites.
Australian Catholic Superannuation was
established as an industry superannuation fund to provide retirement benefits
to those who teach or work in Catholic schools. Since that time we have
expanded to serve members of the wider Catholic community, including those
working in aged care, health and welfare, as well as other sectors.
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