‘Gift of time’: how volunteers help improve lives

If you’ve ever wondered about becoming a volunteer and helping others, now’s the time!

‘Gift of time’: how volunteers help improve lives

National Volunteering Week has arrived and it’s an opportunity to welcome new helpers and show appreciation for the time and dedication of our existing Sunshine Coast volunteers.

Sunshine Coast Mayor Rosanna Natoli said the special week was an opportunity to thank our residents who currently volunteer their time to benefit others.

“National Volunteer Week, which runs from May 20 – 26, is an opportunity to celebrate our volunteers and the important role they play in our communities,” Mayor Natoli said.

“The week also encourages us to give the gift of time to volunteering activities where we can.

“Here on the Sunshine Coast, we’re connecting and engaging with our communities to build a better future for everyone.”

This year’s theme is Something for Everyone, and the week will recognise the diverse passions and talents everyone brings to the act of volunteering.

Mayor Natoli said there were a number of volunteering opportunities available for everyone, including Council programs like Bush Care and helping local sporting clubs in the canteen.

“This week is a chance for us to think about ways we can help in our community. Whether you have an hour a week or 20, there’s something for you!

“I would like to sincerely thank all those who currently give up their time to help those in need and help to make our Sunshine Coast the amazing place it is.”

For individuals, volunteering provides an opportunity to be involved in activities reflecting their interests and using their skills, while building a stronger and connected community.

Volunteering benefits include:

  • providing a sense of achievement and purpose
  • feeling part of the community
  • feeling better about yourself by improving self-esteem and confidence
  • sharing talents, learning new skills and creating a better work-life balance
  • combating stress, loneliness, social isolation, and depression
  • meeting new people, which can help with feeling more connected and valued.

Read more about the benefits of volunteering on Council’s website.

There are a number of volunteering opportunities available on the Sunshine Coast including:

  • Council volunteering programs, including Bush Care, event volunteering, Library, Gallery and museum volunteering. Find out more on Council’s website
  • Volunteering Sunshine Coast has a number of volunteering opportunities, visit their website for more information www.volunteeringsc.org.au
  • Become a State Emergency Service (SES) volunteer. The SES performs a diverse range of functions to respond to local, state and national disasters and emergencies.  Learn more about becoming an SES volunteer online. Watch how Elliot became involved at Nambour SES below.

This article ‘Gift of time’: how volunteers help improve lives has been supplied from the OurSC website and has been published here with permission.