Volunteers rally in our time of need
Published on 18 May 2020
The City of Swan community is celebrating the far-reaching impact of WA's 600,000 volunteers during National Volunteer Week, who aren't slowing down during the COVID-19 pandemic.
With social distancing restrictions in place, many vulnerable people in the community are at greater risk of loneliness and isolation, however our inspiring community of volunteers are finding creative solutions to reach out and find other avenues to help.
City of Swan Mayor Kevin Bailey said Australians are known for our strong sense of mateship and compassion, and the City of Swan community continue to do their part to improve the lives of others.
"It's amazing seeing people adapt and find ways to give back - from food donations to those in need, to neighbours helping people self-isolating with things like picking up shopping, posting mail, walking pets or even just a friendly phone call," he said.
“There are so many ways each of us can help, and I thank all volunteers in the City of Swan for their continued generosity and resilience," he said.
“Our volunteers continue to make our community stronger during times of crisis, not only by delivering essential services but with understanding and sympathy to those desperate and distraught.”
According to the Department of Local Government and Communities, each year about 80 per cent of Western Australians aged 15 years and over give their time for the good of the community.
Volunteers make a social, economic and cultural contribution to the State conservatively valued at $39 billion annually.
The Swan Volunteer Resource Centre offers many opportunities to volunteer, including during the pandemic - visit the website to find the right volunteering opportunity for you www.swan.wa.gov.au/volunteer