What I Learnt from Community Radio
‘You have a great voice for radio!’
Well it was better than being told I had a great face for radio. When I was in my late 20’s I did a short stint in local community radio. I am sure I was only invited to join in order to bring down the average age from 60 plus but I really enjoyed the experience, made some great friend (and stalkers) and learnt a lot about following your passion.
Your Passion doesn’t have to be found in paid work.
Community radio is made up of volunteers; people who give of their time freely in order to pursue something they enjoy and feel passion about. I guess that is why I stopped in the end. The experience was great but I was not passionate about the work. Sure, hearing the sound of your own voice live on radio is pretty cool and having stalkers watch you through the glass in the main street, well that is just weird, but this particular volunteer role wasn’t for me in the long run.
Having said that, I have followed my passion many times through volunteer work and I have learnt a lot at every step. I was a youth group leader, I helped in community crisis care before getting paid work in the filed. I was the Parents & Friends President and Treasurer of my sons school for many years and I am treasurer of my youngest son’s school P&C now.
Community radio taught me that volunteering to help out while following your passion is extremely rewarding for you and the organisation you work with. I guess I have been a compulsive volunteer ever since and for purely selfish reason.
If you would like to volunteer but don’t know where to start, first consider what you would most like to do for fun:
- Sporting Clubs, Youth Groups & Foster Care Groups are great ways to have fun with kids.
- Landcare or Wilderness Group offer you a chance to reconnect with nature.
- Hospital Auxiliary Groups & Crisis Care Providers give you a chance to care for those in need.
There are many ways you can unleash your creativity through volunteering. You also get the chance to meet people, learnt a lot and maybe even make a difference in your community. If you are not sure where to start, then take a look at the Volunteering Australia website.