National Volunteer Week (21 – 27th May 2018) is an annual celebration recognising the value and contribution Australia’s 6 million volunteers make to our communities. This year’s theme: Give a little. Get a lot, illustrates the significant impact volunteers make just by giving a little of their time.
Regardless of how many ways we say it; volunteers are the backbone of our communities. According to recent census data (Volunteering Victoria), close to 80,000 people in Melbourne’s west have volunteered in the past year.
Volunteers are engaged in a range of roles from op-shop assistants, administration support, drivers, friendly visitors, tutors, sports coaches, teachers and mentors.
Working within 6 Local Government Areas across Melbourne’s West: Moonee Valley, Maribyrnong, Hobsons Bay, Brimbank, Wyndham and Melton to promote and support volunteering, Volunteer West connects people to volunteer opportunities in their local communities and supports not for profit volunteer involving organisations to recruit volunteers and deliver quality, engaged volunteer programs with professional support and guidance.
Melbourne’s West is known for its diversity and this is represented in the diversity of volunteers, from a range of ages, backgrounds and walks of life.
It’s important to stop and take the time to respect the contribution of volunteers and celebrate their efforts and National Volunteer Week; 21-27th May 2018 is the perfect time to do that.
I encourage everyone to give volunteering a go. It’s a great way to meet people and become more connected to your community. Volunteering gives you the opportunity to develop new skills, remember lost ones and try new things!
Volunteering Australia research shows that volunteers are happier, healthier and even sleep better than those who do not volunteer. They also have an increased sense of wellbeing and greater social connection.
Hooray for volunteers and national volunteers week!
Community Development Coordinator