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 Morning Tea, which will be organised in Quirindi, Werris Creek and Willow Tree, dates and venues will be advised. There ill also be a grant-writing workshop on 11 May at the Quirindi Jockey Club. The Liverpool Plains Shire Council is also looking forward to showcasing volunteer-driven initiatives from around the Shire. We’ll be endeavouring to profile a success story from all our communities, Blackville, Caroona/Walhallow, Currabubula, Pine Ridge, Premer, Quirindi, Spring Ridge, Wallabadah, Warrah Creek, Werris Creek and Willow Tree.