Bellingen Shire Council Celebrates National Volunteer Week
Published on 05 May 2023
Bellingen Shire is home to hundreds of volunteers who generously give their time to the community without expecting anything in return. They are an essential part of the success of our community and the organisations across the Shire that rely on them. In recognition of National Volunteer Week from Monday 15 May to Sunday 21 May, Bellingen Shire Council is shining a spotlight on the active organisations and groups in the Shire that need a helping hand. This is an opportunity to acknowledge the groups that depend on the dedication of volunteers who give their time to a cause or passion.
This year’s theme, "Change Makers", celebrates the power of volunteers to drive change and ensure that volunteering is inclusive of all members of the Australian community. Bellingen Shire Council Mayor Steve Allan notes that there are many ways in which people can volunteer and that opportunities can be broad and varied for those willing to lend a hand.
“Volunteers are often working behind the scenes for groups, organisations, on projects, or just giving a hand to help a neighbour or person who needs support or assistance. They substantially benefit their communities by providing essential services to others and may bring new insights to the organisations or groups for which they volunteer, increase efficiencies and improve effectiveness.”
According to the latest statistics, three in ten people aged 15 years and over in Australia participate in voluntary work. Volunteering broadens people’s networks and professional skills and serves as an indicator of wellbeing and social cohesion.
Mayor Allan adds that volunteering is a great way to support people or groups who need a helping hand and is at the heart of our community. “Whether your volunteer contribution is big or small, the work you do can really make a difference in people’s lives.”
Volunteer roles are hugely diverse and range from helping out at your local Neighbourhood Centre, through to delivering meals on wheels, or even answering calls at Lifeline from people in crisis. Volunteering can help people develop new skills, make new friends, and make you feel good knowing that you have helped to make a change in the community or transform a life. Age is not a barrier to volunteering, and anyone can start at any time.
To find out more about volunteering opportunities in your local area, visit volunteeringaustralia.org or govolunteer.com.au. Contact Council’s Community Wellbeing on 6655 7300 for more information.
Join Bellingen Shire Council and the many volunteers across the Shire to be the Change Makers and make a difference in the community.