National Volunteers Week

It’s time to say THANK YOU! Volunteering Australia published a survey about volunteering and here are some interesting facts:

In 2010, 6.1 million people (36%) of the Australian population aged 18 years and over participated in voluntary work, with women (38%) more likely to volunteer than men (34%).

  • The total annual hours volunteered was 713 million.
  • The median weekly number of hours volunteered was 1.1hrs.
  • The median annual number of hours volunteered was 56hrs.
  • People who volunteer are more likely to have made a donation than those who are not volunteers (85% compared to 72%).”

“ The difference I make to the community”  and “ The sense of purpose it gives me”  were the two most frequently mentioned things volunteers valued most about their volunteering experience in the National Survey of Volunteering Issues (Volunteering Australia, 2011, p9).

National Volunteers Week gives Volunteers a chance to be celebrated and appreciated. The Liverpool Plains Shire Council thanks all the volunteers around the Shire by inviting them to a Volunteers Thank you Lunch at Hoamm Park in Werris Creek at 12noon on Tuesday, 9th May; on Thursday, 11th May there are two free seminars at the Quirindi RSL (Tony Caine Room) 9am: Seven Steps to Grant Success and 1.30pm: Social Media Marketing. You can attend both or either session, Morning and Afternoon Tea plus Lunch provided. the workshops are presented by Natalie Bramble. On Friday 12th May there is a Volunteer Movie, Charlie and Boots, starting at 9.30am with Morning Tea to follow.