Salute to our volunteers during Volunteer Week

Published on 19 May 2022

On National Volunteer Week we recognise the vital work all volunteers do and say thank you for their commitment to doing their part to help our community.

Our Deputy Mayor Lucas Jones says volunteers help to make communities stronger.

“A huge thank you to all the volunteers in our community. The work volunteers do is invaluable, such as helping look after our community during emergencies, running a craft group or coaching a junior sports team.” 

Tony Holland is one of 413 volunteers who give their time to support more than 30 different City of Tea Tree Gully programs and services for the community.

Tony volunteers at our Repair Cafe, a free community event held at Tea Tree Gully Library, where  volunteers help repair different items for residents so the items don’t end up in landfill. 

After being a TAFE lecturer for 25 years, Tony started volunteering five years ago.

“Initially being a volunteer meant I was able to continue the work I had been doing as a lecturer which was design, development and construction of the TAFE vehicle for entry into the Bridgestone World Solar Challenge.”

There are many benefits to being a volunteer, including giving you a sense of accomplishment by helping others and a chance to meet new people.

For Tony, volunteering at the Repair Cafe was about giving back to his community and using his skills to reduce waste.

“I enjoy problem solving, so working at Repair Cafe for me is gratifying. I like using my skills and knowledge to help save resources and reduce the number of items going to landfill.”

How to become a volunteer?

There are volunteer opportunities that fit different interests and skills, and we encourage anyone interested in volunteering to register their interest.

If you aren’t sure in what program or service would interest you, here are some questions you can ask yourself:

  • How much time are you willing to commit?
  • What skills can you bring to a volunteer job?
  • What causes are important to you?
  • Are you better behind the scenes or do you prefer to take a more visible role?

Tony looked at a couple of volunteer opportunities at the City of Tea Tree Gully council before choosing the Repair Café.

“Volunteering is a great cause, and it does not have to be for life. There are many forms of volunteering. Sometimes, just turning up with a smile is enough to start off with; we are always grateful for any extra help,” said Tony.

Find out more about volunteering at Council

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