Finding a place to help others

There are so many places to volunteer. Check the Sunshine Coast Council website for ideas.

National Volunteering Week 20-26 May, is over but Sunshine Coast Mayor Rosanna Natoli said it’s not too late find somewhere to volunteer and help others.

She said National Volunteering Week was an opportunity to welcome new helpers and show appreciation for the time and dedication of the existing Sunshine Coast volunteers.

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

“But 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 was Something for Everyone, with the week recognising 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.

“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.

Mayor Natoli said interested residents could read more about the benefits of volunteering and places to volunteer on the councils 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.

Volunteering Sunshine Coast has a number of volunteering opportunities, visit their website for more information 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.

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