From making us happier and improving our health, to increasing our sense of personal satisfaction, the benefits of volunteering are boundless.
University of Sydney’s Associate Professor Dr Michael Bowen is an expert on the effects of brain chemicals and said that helping others* triggered the reward pathway in the brain, releasing ‘feel-good’ neurotransmitters such as oxytocin.
“The buzz you get from these neurotransmitters is sometimes known as ‘the helper’s high’,” Dr Bowen said.
So what are you waiting for? There are plenty of opportunities available to volunteer at Bankfoot House Heritage Precinct in the Glasshouse Mountains where weekend Visitor Experience Guides are needed.
Sunshine Coast Council’s Cultural Heritage Coordinator Peter Connell said volunteers didn’t need any specific skills, just an interest in history and people.
“We give full on-the-job training, so just a desire to learn, enthusiasm and the ability to engage with others is all potential volunteers need,” Mr Connell said.
“We receive applications from University or TAFE students looking to further their careers or research studies, retirees wanting to connect with and help the community and those with a passion for heritage.
“Volunteers become part of an amazing network and receive free workshops, annual bus trips and many other opportunities to learn and participate in our heritage.”
Volunteers can choose from one of the many exciting roles in Museums and Heritage on the Sunshine Coast including:
- event assistant
- tour guide
- education program guide
- collections care assistant
- data entry assistant
Volunteers at Bankfoot House can expect to do a weekend shift at least once a month.