National Volunteer Week
Published on 18 May 2020
Time to celebrate Nillumbik’s amazing volunteers.
Nillumbik Shire Council will highlight the important work carried out by volunteers during National Volunteer Week (May 18-24).
The efforts of volunteers have come to the fore in what has been a tumultuous year during which the local and broader community has had to contend with bushfires and a global health pandemic.
Nillumbik Shire Council Mayor Karen Egan said the week was an opportunity to acknowledge the positive role of volunteers in the local community. This year's National Volunteer Week theme is Changing Communities, Changing Lives.
“It’s important, now more than ever, to recognise and celebrate the work of our volunteers – the backbone of our community - and their huge positive impact,” Cr Egan said.
“The Nillumbik community has a rich legacy of volunteerism and it’s been heartening to see the extraordinary surge in volunteering during the COVID-19 pandemic, both formal and informal. So many in our community have reached out to help others while taking care to stay safe.
“For some it’s meant trying new and innovative technologies to provide help and support, while for others it has meant a return to an old-fashioned phone call or handwritten note in a neighbour’s letterbox.
"It's also meant some of our volunteers have had to temporarily halt their volunteering work to ensure their health and safety. This would be particularly difficult for anyone so committed to serving their community and their efforts must also be acknowledged.”
To mark National Volunteer Week, Council has announced two exciting new initiatives aimed at boosting support to volunteers and to gain an even better understanding of the volunteer experience to help shape Council’s planning.
- The launch of the Diamond Valley Community Support Volunteer Resource Hub, a partnership between local libraries, Living & Learning Nillumbik, Hurstbridge Hub and Diamond Valley Community Support; and
- A comprehensive survey of volunteers with the responses to inform its forward planning.
Nillumbik Shire Council would also like to acknowledge the volunteers from CFA brigades, VICSES units, Australian Red Cross and many other emergency service organisations in Nillumbik who contributed to response, relief and recovery for bushfires in Victoria and interstate.
If you are a Nillumbik volunteer, let us know about your experience at participate.nillumbik.vic.gov.au/volunteering