Giving back to your local community is a great way to share the love, no matter the time of year. Life becomes frenetically busy at the best of times and it’s easy to forget to connect with the people around you – whether in your apartment building, your street or your suburb. Here are some easy ways to give back to the area you live in.

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DONATE BLOOD

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Did you know that every blood donation can save three lives? People of all walks of life need blood products. Some need it to get them through a serious event in their lives, like cancer or a dangerous pregnancy. Others have medical conditions which mean they regularly need blood products to stay healthy – or alive. Being a blood donor is easy, straightforward and done for a good cause. You never know, it could be you or someone you know who will need blood one day! You can check your eligibility to donate with the Australian Red Cross Blood Service here. 

VOLUNTEER AT A SHELTER


Whether it’s a homeless shelter or an animal shelter, helping out around the community doesn’t need to be a holiday-only thing. Swing past your local shelters and find out how you could help people who aren’t as fortunate as you.

SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL OP SHOP

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Clutter is a reality for most of of us. If you find your home is becoming cluttered with items you have no use for, donate them to your local Salvos store or Vinnies. As the saying goes, ‘One man’s trash is another man’s treasure’. If you have some spare time during the week or on a Saturday, op shops are always looking for people to volunteer to run the shop.

RUN A STALL AT A LOCAL FETE

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Have you recently driven past a local school fete in your neighbourhood? If you know fetes take place in your area regularly, why not lend a helping hand? You could assist with setting up preparations, or running your own stall. If you have a passion or skill worth putting on display or selling, why not run a bake stall, jewellery table or sell some old pieces for a local charity.

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SPEND TIME AT YOUR LOCAL SENIOR CENTRE

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Not everyone is fortunate enough to have their significant others still around at later stages in life. Get in touch with your local retirement home or senior centre. They often look for volunteers to help out and any help you can offer is appreciated. Something as simple as sitting down with an elderly person and getting to know them can make their day. You could read, play board games or simply sit back and chat.

START A BOOK CLUB

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If books are your thing, why not start up a book club? Your local library will generally host a meet up for you. This is a great way to connect with your neighbours and share your common interests. There’s no better time than now – get started!

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