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Why volunteer

Volunteering for the Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES) can be one of the most rewarding and best investments you can make. As a VICSES volunteer, you can make a difference.

Although volunteers are unpaid, you'll get a wide range of opportunities to develop new skills, form new friendships, accept high levels of responsibility and enjoy the team spirit of a tightly knit unit.

Here are just some of the many benefits of being a VICSES volunteer:

Contribute to the community that you live in

Volunteers 6.jpgVolunteering for VICSES is a win-win situation: not only do you get to help yourself, but you also help others while making your community a better place. You’ll find volunteering for VICSES hugely rewarding because of the sense of achievement and pride that comes from giving something back to your community.

Meet like-minded people and make lifelong friends

Two volunteers from the Essendon UnitA major benefit of joining VICSES is that you are guaranteed to meet lots of new people and make lifelong friendships. Some volunteers say their unit feels like an extended family - and sometimes this is literally true when parents, children, spouses and even grandparents join a unit after their family members tell them how much they enjoy volunteering!

Personal and professional growth

You'll develop leadership, communication, problem solving and personal organisation skills, and you'll feel a sense of personal achievement and value and increased confidence from having a direct impact on other people’s lives.

Your volunteering will also contribute considerably to your own career development. VICSES is a Registered Training Organisation and provides high quality training that meets industry needs. You will gain hands-on experience, enhance existing skills and develop new ones, and expand your career prospects.

Recognition

Volunteers are the lifeline of the Victoria State Emergency Service and as such are eligible for numerous honours and awards at a local, state and even national level. It's our way of saying thank you for the compassion, dedication and sacrifice made by our volunteers every day.

Stay physically healthier

Volunteering is good for your health regardless of age. Studies have found that those who volunteer have a lower mortality rate than those who do not, even when considering factors like the health of the volunteers. Volunteering has also been shown to increase cardiovascular function and contribute to higher rates of self esteem and personal control.

Become a volunteer

To learn about our units or to register your interest in becoming a volunteer with us, find your nearest VICSES unit and submit an enquiry using our online form.