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VOLUNTEER CHRISTMAS GIFT WRAPPING FOR LIFELINE

Be part of a fun team, wrap presents and help spread some Christmas cheer, while raising funds to support Lifeline South Coast’s critical services in the Illawarra and South Coast.

Following one of the toughest years we’ve faced, Lifeline’s services have never been in greater demand. Calls are up 25% with one call every 30 seconds. By volunteering your time with Lifeline South Coast, you will be supporting its life saving services in the Illawarra and South Coast.

When: Lifeline South Coast’s Christmas Gift Wrapping will run from Thursday 2 December until Thursday 24 December 2021.

Where: Wollongong Mall

What: Volunteer your gift-wrapping skills and help raise funds for Lifeline South Coast.

This is a great activity for individuals, groups of friends and corporates to get involved with this Christmas. Should you be interested please contact Paige Pollard at Lifeline South Coast on 4228 1311 or 4226 7211.

So let’s get wrapping!

NSW STATE OF VOLUNTEERING REPORT

The Centre for Volunteering, in partnership with the Department of Communities and Justice, is pleased to launch the inaugural New South Wales State of Volunteering report.

This in-depth analysis showcases the characteristics of volunteers, volunteering and volunteer-involving organisations. It produces a detailed cost-benefit analysis of the social, cultural and economic impacts of volunteering on communities in NSW.

The report was undertaken by the Institute of Project Management which surveyed more than 1,100 volunteers and received more than 1,000 responses from volunteer-involving organisations.

Discover the value of the nearly 4.9 million residents across NSW who gave more than 1.5 billion hours of volunteering in 2020; the benefit of which is approximately $127 billion.

CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR ILLAWARRA WINNERS AT VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR AWARDS!

Lock downs are continuing but that hasn’t stopped celebrations for the 2021 NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards at our special virtual ceremonies. We applaud the amazing tales of volunteers in the Illawarra who have been at the heart of their local community during these challenging times.

Thank you to all our nominees!

Congratulations to our award winners; lifesaver, Lifeline volunteer and student representative Benjamin Hamill; aged care volunteer Lynette Phoenix; Phillipa Drewett from Burrawang RFS and the whole team at Kind Hearts Illawarra.

We can’t wait to see all the finalists again at our Gala State Ceremony at the end of the year!

The NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards have grown to become one of the largest celebrations of volunteering across the country. It creates an opportunity to hear the stories firsthand from our volunteers and most importantly to say thank you.