Plenty of ways for community to volunteer this Christmas

THE pudding is boiled, the tree is decorated and the lights are lit but volunteer positions across Ipswich still need filling.

Volunteering Queensland is encouraging those with holidays or a bit of extra time and goodwill to put it to use this Christmas by helping those in need.

The 2016 State of Volunteering in Australia report found 86% of volunteer-involving organisations need more volunteers.

Volunteering Australia CEO Brett Williamson said there was more to volunteering than "simply giving your time and skills to help others".

He said six million Australians enjoy healthier, happier and more meaningful lives by volunteering.

"Volunteering is a core part of the community and plays a critical role in Australian society and in Australia's economy," he said.

Mr Williamson said 57% of staff in volunteer involving organisations were volunteers.

"They form a formidable workforce powering many essential community, environmental, sporting, welfare, emergency services, education and cultural services and supports," he said.

There are plenty of volunteer opportunities available in the Ipswich region and continuing into the new year.

The community can get stuck into everything from wrapping and delivering presents, selling groceries and singing carols to supporting families and donating goods.

Many require little experience and commitment of a few hours per week.

For a list of places available, visit volunteeringqld.org.au



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