National Volunteer Week: Hawkesbury volunteers and opportunities in the area

COMMUNITY SPIRIT: Kurmond volunteer Barbro Watt will feature in the We Are Hawkesbury section of next week's Gazette. Picture: Geoff Jones
COMMUNITY SPIRIT: Kurmond volunteer Barbro Watt will feature in the We Are Hawkesbury section of next week's Gazette. Picture: Geoff Jones

IT’S National Volunteer Week (NVW), an annual celebration organised by Volunteering Australia to acknowledge the generous contribution volunteers make to our community.

The theme for this year is ‘Give a little. Change a lot’ – something that could be said for the numerous volunteers in our region that help make a difference to our lives.

One such volunteer is 83-year-old Barbro Watt, who has been giving her time to the Anglicare Shop in Richmond for 17 years (her story will be published in next Wednesday’s Gazette). 

Store manager Bronwyn Ashcroft said roles like Barbro’s were crucial to the charity’s running.

“We wouldn’t be able to do all the things we do without them,” she said of the three volunteers that help-out in the shop. 

“They’re exceptional and so giving with their time. They also bring so many different things from their lives and their experiences, which makes the store rich culturally.”

What better time to sign-up to be a volunteer?

Volunteering Australia’s govolunteer.com.au website lists numerous volunteering opportunities in the Hawkesbury, from gardeners and disability support workers, to wildlife rescue personnel and conservation work, right through to facilitating activities and games for children during visiting hours with their parent in prison.

Search for roles near you by tapping in your postcode, and refine your search to categories like events, environmental, for students, kid-friendly, groups, and volunteering in an emergency.