Want to give back to your community? Become a mentor or volunteer and share your valuable skills, knowledge and experience. It is also a great way to socialise, make new friends and keep your finger in the pie of your neighbourhood.
Council’s volunteering program has over 1500 volunteers. People contribute their valuable time and skills across many different areas of the organisation. With their help, council can deliver much needed services and programs to the Sunshine Coast community.
For individuals, volunteering provides an opportunity to be involved in activities reflecting their interests and using their skills, while building a stronger and connected community. For details on volunteering opportunities, including how to apply, select from the following volunteer programs.
Research shows that people who volunteer often live longer. Whether you are old or young, introverted or outgoing having healthy relationships, socialising and keeping in contact with those you love are important aspects of a happy lifestyle.
Join these Sunshine Coast volunteering groups:
|Bushcare Sunshine Coast
Environmental Education Centres
Parks and Gardens Community Program
Volunteering Sunshine Coast
Reserve these physical items and collect from your local library:
- Finding joy in retirement: 4 steps to discover meaning in life after work by Jon Glass and David Kennedy. Valuable advice from recent retirees and colourful stories of unique retirement journeys.
- Better with age: the psychology of successful aging by Alan D. Caste, PHD. The paradoxes and pleasures of old age, new research and role models of successful aging, and what we can do now to enjoy old age.
- Ageing in the New Age: a survival guide for baby boomers by Drew Dwyer. Be brave in the face of change. Embrace the power to say hello to opportunities to engage in the most important part of your life’s journey.
- Mentors: how to help and be helped by Russell Brand. Explores how we all - consciously and unconsciously - choose guides, mentors and heroes throughout our lives and examines the new perspectives they can bring.
- Bolder: life lessons from people older and wiser than you by Dominique Afacan. Champions people over the age of 70 who are still creating, inspiring or working, and the goal is to change perceptions about growing older.
Be inspired by these great mentor eBooks:
- Retire inspired: it’s not an age; it’s a financial number by Chris Hogan
- Rockstar Grandparent: how you can lead the way, light the road and launch a legacy by Chrys Howard
- Shoe Dog: a memoir by the creator of NIKE by Phil Knight
- Tribe of mentors: short life advice from the best in the world by Timothy Ferriss
Borrow up to 30 eBooks on your device. To get started download the ePlatform by Wheelers, RBDigital and Libby apps. Select Sunshine Coast Libraries and enter your member number and password. Need help setting up your device for eBooks? Watch this video tutorial.
On the web
Find more Sunshine Coast skill sharing sites:
- Find a Men’s Shed near you
- Seniors and Positive Ageing
- Sunshine Coast Volunteer Sector Reference Group
Check out these TED Talks about the joy and personal benefits of volunteering, why people volunteer and what it means to have compassion and empathy.
- Eric Cooper: Volunteering, the beneficial side effects
- Abigail Marsh: Why some people are more altruistic than others
- Joan Halifax: Compassion and the true meaning of empathy
- Matthieu Ricard: How to let altruism be your guide
- Joyce Bertram: How volunteerism can change your world
- Kevin White: Be Selfish. Volunteer!
- Eric Cartha: The value of Volunteering
Stream inspirational movies on Beamafilm:
- Churchill: the untold story of Britain’s most celebrated leader, uncovering the true nature of his herculean war-time status. Discover the strength of his wife Clemmie, his backbone and total confidant and the love that inspired him to greatness.
- Suffragette: tracking the story of the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement. Follows the women who were forced underground and went on to change history.
Beamafilm offers documentaries and movies with a focus on Australian stories and quality international content. First time customers, enter your library member number and create a Beamafilm account.
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