COVID-19 has shone a spotlight on the best of our community and, ahead of National Volunteer Week, State Member for Newcastle Tim Crakanthorp has highlighted volunteers’ important work.
National Volunteer Week runs from May 18-24 and celebrates the contributions volunteers make to our social fabric.
During the COVID-19 pandemic volunteers have played an essential role in keeping our community connected and supported under difficult circumstances.
“Volunteers are often the unsung heroes of our community,” Mr Crakanthorp said.
“While COVID-19 has changed the way they do a lot of their work, their dedication cannot be faulted and they deserve a great deal of thanks as they continue to put others before themselves.”
Hunter Volunteer Centre Chairperson Dr Grant Morgan said that local volunteers were still providing vital support during the pandemic.
“While some volunteering has had to go on hold, many volunteers are continuing to provide essential services and assisting in the response to the pandemic such as delivering food, medicine and checking in with the isolated,” he said.
“Acknowledging this volunteer effort is important for their wellbeing.”
Anyone who would like explore local volunteering opportunities can contact Hunter Volunteer Centre on 4929 4424 or email [email protected]
The NSW Government has also launched a platform to link volunteers with organisations in need of support during the COVID-19 pandemic. Visit emergency.volunteer.org.au. This allows you to register your details online and an organisation in your area will get in touch with volunteering opportunities when they arise.