Give happy, live happy - that's the effect lending a helping hand has on people.
Australians are renowned for their selfless contribution to society in the form of volunteering.
Helping others has many benefits for both the caring and compassionate people who offer their time, and the wider community.
Volunteering can change people's lives, giving them a sense of purpose and enormous satisfaction. And that's just what it does for the volunteer. Imagine the effect it has for those on the receiving end.
However, volunteering isn't the only way to make an impact. Working for a service which supports people or connecting someone to a service they need can be just as rewarding.
There are many services in the region ready to help people for a range of reasons.
Just some include Emma House Domestic and Family Violence Services, Centacare and Bridge Personnel.
Emma House Domestic and Family Violence Services is a courageous feminist, client-lead organisation that aims to reduce the impact of domestic and family violence on individuals, women and children and the community.
Emma House helps to provide safety, support, information, advocacy, children's counselling, court support and case management. Services are provided across the South West region of Victoria, and the service is free and confidential.
Centacare deliver an extensive range of social welfare and outreach services across the Catholic Diocese of Ballarat and Western District of Victoria.
Services support individuals, families and communities empowering people to bring about positive change while building community capacity. Services include counselling, employment, housing, family services, advocacy and outreach.
Bridge Personnel offers Personal Carers Home Care to help keep people in their homes longer rather than nursing homes.
More than 90 carers provide high-quality home care in nursing care, personal care, disability support and palliative care needs.