The Settlement Council of Australia (SCoA) and Volunteering Australia have today released their report, ‘Volunteering and Settlement in Australia’, with a snapshot of the volunteering activities of new migrants and refugees in Australia.

In the settlement sector, 65 per cent of new arrivals to Australia volunteered within the first 18 months of their arrival to Australia, to contribute to society, make friends, improve their English or gain local work experience.

Thank you to everyone who submitted a National Volunteer Week Small Grants application.

We received 191 excellent applications and would like to thank all volunteer-involving organisations that applied. Volunteering Queensland acknowledges the inspiring and impactful work done by each organisation and volunteer. We wish we could have funded each application.

Happy 2019! With the New Year, comes the New Year’s Resolutions – a time to think about your life and how to improve it.

You may have specific goals in mind. Common resolutions include becoming more fit and healthy, meeting new people, developing new skills, improving your career prospects, or doing more to help the community. While “doing volunteer work” may be a New Year’s Resolution in itself, it can also be a means of helping you fulfil your other resolutions.