Where help imo would be really good is in old folks homes, not even doing any labour type work but even just going in there for a few hours a week and having a chat with some residents, playing games or jigsaws.. lot of people in there with no family nearby by to visit them that must just bored out of their minds and the workers there very rarely have the free time to do it. Could be a useful public service.You could also be out there doing some volunteer work too in lieu of job applications. Or a short course.
If the jobs not there, its not much you can do. And this was basically my situation all year, up until October/November