National Volunteer Week is an annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our nation’s volunteers. From 8–14 May 2017 thousands of events across the country will be held to say thank you to the 6 million Australians who volunteer.
National Volunteer Week celebrates the theme of Give Happy, Live Happy as research indicates that people who volunteer their time and skills live happier and healthier lives.
Volunteering Australia recognises that volunteering is a core part of the community and plays a critical role in Australian society, and in Australia’s economy. Volunteers form a formidable workforce powering many essential community, environmental, sporting, welfare, emergency services, education and cultural services.
This is certainly true at the Y Water Discovery Centre in Yea where an enthusiastic and dedicated team of more than forty local volunteers support the Centre with a range of skills and expertise. Volunteers help keep the Centre open 7 days a week by providing visitor information services, offering guided tours of the Yea Wetlands, assisting with the school programs and holiday activities, and cleaning and maintaining the Centre and gardens. The Centre is also managed by a committee of 6 local volunteers, the Y Water Centre Association Inc.
Chairman David Anderson says, “Our volunteers are our most important asset and vital to the success and ongoing sustainability of the Centre. We are extremely fortunate to have such a committed team. They are the real strength behind the Centre and its operations and are an extraordinary group of dedicated and knowledgeable locals who are terrific ambassadors for the region”.
There are currently a range of volunteering opportunities available at the Centre starting from as little as 4 hours a fortnight. Staff at the Centre are always keen to hear from locals interested in joining the team. As well as helping out at the Centre volunteers can participate in a range of social activities and visits to key destinations and attractions in the region.
It’s a great way to meet new people, learn new skills, gain experience and generally have fun!” said Mr Anderson.
To find out how to get involved contact the Y Water Discovery Centre on 5797 2663 or visit www.ywatercentre.com.au.