Volunteering in Australia is at an all time high, with 6.4 million Australians giving their time freely to help others in 2010. The City of Sydney is most appreciative of the many volunteers who assist us in areas as diverse as providing services to the elderly and the homeless to recording our heritage in the City archives.
There are also countless community groups in inner Sydney who provide support and advocacy to a wide range of causes benefiting people and the environment.
13th-19th May this year was National Volunteer Week and I was privileged to be asked to hand out awards to recognise community volunteers at for Factory Community Centre as part of their celebration of these people who do so much for the community. It was great to see the Lift Redfern campaign, an organisation I’m proud to be a part of, receive an award recognising the efforts of the campaign as a whole, along with two particularly energetic volunteers, Michael Chapman and Laura Kelly, who were singled out for their tireless work.
The City’s website outlines a range of ways that people can volunteer both locally and further afield and I’d urge anyone who can spare even just a few hours per month to check it out and consider what you could do to turn your free time into a blessing for others – http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/Community/ServicesAndPrograms/Volunteer/Default.asp.