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Volunteering, Post-Retirement, is Good for the Soul

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Have you ever worried that being retired means your skills, experience and time are no longer important?

Being retired doesn’t mean becoming redundant.

National Chair and National Strategy Co-ordinator for the Citizens’ Climate Lobby Australia, Rod Mitchell, claims “volunteers are incredibly valuable to society”. Being retired provides you the opportunity to do more than you could before, in the manner of your own choosing. “There are great personal rewards that come from volunteering”, he stresses.

Retirement can often lead to a loss of the network that came from being employed, leading in turn to feelings of loneliness and helplessness. Australian Seniors recommends all retirees to volunteer, as it improves mental health and well-being, and conversely makes people feel less time-poor. Volunteering helps to build empathy and strength your social bond through improved connections.

Whilst there is a multitude of volunteering opportunities on websites such as Go Volunteer, keep in mind that Volwing doesn’t have any age restrictions: as long as you have a desire to lend a hand. You can become a volunteer.