By Doug Chipman
THIS month we celebrate National Volunteer Week and despite current restrictions, this is still a time to celebrate the generous contribution of volunteers.
Now more than ever we would like to recognise and acknowledge volunteers in the Clarence municipality and, in particular, our ongoing volunteers that make up the Clarence City Council Community Volunteer Service.
While we are unable to hold our annual reception, it is so important we recognise the valuable contribution, generosity and commitment of all the Clarence volunteers.
Volunteering plays an important role across our community connecting people through friendships, building skills and connecting people to paid employment.
In the Clarence community, there are more than 400 volunteer groups assisting in activities such as Scout and Girl Guide leaders, parents and friends’ associations, sports teams and dog walking.
This alone shows the great diversity we have within our volunteering community.
Clarence City Council is proud to facilitate the Community Volunteer Service, which provides support and companionship to those with assisted living requirements – due to ageing or disability.
Since its inception, the Community Volunteer Service has grown to support more than 100 people per year through a range of services including transport assistance, shopping assistance, befriending and company, telephone support, dog walking, and light gardening.
The short-term initiative in April, Clarence Keep Connected, saw interest grow in the volunteer program with many local community members and staff members wanting to support the community.
This additional support has been particularly valuable during the early stage of the pandemic, as many of our older and vulnerable population were unable to undertake daily errands.
More than 20 new volunteers joined the program in May, with 10 staff also assisting in running errands and vital community transport for medical treatments.
Our program still seeks volunteers, not just for now but into the future when current volunteers may be returning to work or other duties.
Our volunteer service coordinator will carefully match each volunteer based on their personality and the activity they wish to support, as well as their own abilities.
Volunteers with limited time can make a difference in our community by contributing as little a few hours a month.
Should you like to help make a positive impact in our community, please contact Clarence City Council Community Volunteer Service coordinator Rhianna Airey on 6217 9630 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to all volunteers for helping make Clarence a brighter place.
Caption: Clarence City Council’s Helen Pooley assisting with shopping for members of the community requiring assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic.