FOR many retirees, volunteering their time and effort for a worthy cause is the best and most rewarding way to fill their day.
And two women who heartily agree are Rhonda Biddle, 66, and Maria Copod, 89, who spend a few days a week volunteering with their local St Vincent de Paul Society charity shop.
"My daughter used to work in [St Vincent de Paul's], and one day she she said to me 'Why don't you come in, you might enjoy it?' and I've liked it since then," Ms Copod said.
"Well I used to go to Vinnies, and they were always so happy, so I decided that when I retired that's what I would do, and that's what started me off," Mrs Biddle said.
Mrs Biddle is in her seventh year of volunteer work, while Ms Copod is in her 23rd year.
Applying to be a volunteer was a straightforward process for Ms Copod and Mrs Biddle, who said they have greatly enjoyed their experiences as volunteers over the years.
"I like work, it doesn't matter what," Ms Copod said. "I like it down the back, sorting and hanging that's my job."
"I enjoy the company, they're all so happy and there is a lot of laughter," Ms Biddle said.
"It's really good, you go in there and your spirits lift."
Mrs Biddle said volunteering was a rewarding activity for people of any age.
"People should do it because it gets you out of the house, you meet people," Mrs Biddle said.
"It's better than sitting around the house all day.
"It's good for meeting people and believe me, you meet such lovely people."
So if you're looking for an activity that is fulfilling, fun and rewarding then look no further than your local charity.