Giving back: benefits of volunteering in aged care

Volunteering in a residential aged care home can be a truly rewarding experience for both the residents and volunteers, and is an excellent way to make a difference within your local community.

On average, Australians today are living 30 years longer than they would have a century ago, and as dementia is the leading cause of disability among the over 65s, volunteer programs and support in the aged care sector is more important than ever.

Volunteering at Japara

Ensuring that residents enjoy a purposeful and fulfilling lifestyle is at the heart of the Japara ethos. Each one of our residents is unique, with their own individual personalities, interests and lifestyle preferences, and by volunteering at a Japara home, you’ll be able to provide the additional support needed to ensure residents can continue to engage in life-long interests they enjoy, helping them to live life as usual.

No two days are ever the same at Japara. Our lifestyle programs are as varied and vibrant as our residents, but a typical lifestyle options, where you could be involved, could include:

  • Company, conversation and socialisatio
  • Escorting residents to medical appointments
  • Reading to our residents
  • Escorting residents to the beach, coffee shops and other local amenities
  • Fundraising activities
  • Gardening
  • Birthday parties, high teas, and other themed celebrations within the home
  • DIY activities

For more inspiration, take a read through some of our news stories on activities and events directly from the homes.

The benefits of volunteering in aged care

 “Those who bring sunshine to the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.” – JM Barrie

In the fast-paced, modern society we live in, time is a precious commodity. But dedicating just a fraction of your time to helping others can have long-lasting benefits, not only for our residents but for you as volunteers, too.

Many of those who participate in a Japara volunteer program find it presents a welcome opportunity to take part in therapeutic activities they wouldn’t normally experience, but which benefit them enormously such as arts and crafts, mindfulness, or gardening.

It’s not often we get the chance to socialise with others outside of our usual crowd, yet spending time with different age groups, cultures, and backgrounds can give us a new perspective on life and refreshing insights into new ways of thinking. The ‘activities’ that our residents really appreciate from volunteers are Company, conversation and socialisation.

Become a volunteer

We have a flexible approach to residential aged care at Japara, from our extensive lifestyle programs through to our flexible pricing structure, and this flexibility is extended to our volunteer service too. So, whether you can only spare a couple of hours a week or you’re able to offer frequent, daily support, if you’re passionate about making a difference to the lives of others then we’d love to welcome you to the team.

To register your interest in becoming a Japara volunteer or for more information, call us today on

1800 52 72 72, or send us an email at


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