- Monday 08 May 2017
National Volunteer Week (May 8-14) is a time to recognise and support the valued contribution our volunteers make to the Sunshine Coast region.
To celebrate National Volunteer Week, council would like you to meet some of our wonderful volunteers. Head over to our Facebook page each day this week to hear their stories.
People volunteer for many different reasons. For some it is a natural progression after retirement, for others it is to make new friends, learn new skills or indulge in their passion.
Community Portfolio Councillor Jenny McKay said council wished to sincerely thank all volunteers for their time, dedication and enthusiasm.
“More than 1300 volunteers are involved in supporting the diverse range of council community programs and services,” Cr McKay said.
“Many of our programs rely heavily on their input and wouldn’t be possible without them.
“We want to express our gratitude to both our council volunteers, along with the many other volunteers on the Sunshine Coast, for the wonderful difference they make in their communities.
“Research shows, volunteering makes people healthier and happier and can lead to better physical and mental health.
“Australia was ranked the ninth happiest country in the world according to the latest World Happiness Report and I think that the Sunshine Coast’s fantastic army of volunteers are some of the happiest in Australia.”
The Sunshine Coast Social Strategy, endorsed in 2015, has a target of increasing our number of volunteers from one in five in the community to one in four.
Volunteers on the Coast contribute an estimated 8.3 million hours annually.
Sunshine Coast Libraries volunteer Margaret Dean said volunteering keeps your heart happy because it gives you joy to be able to help others.
“As a teacher I was always giving and supporting others and that’s in my nature. It was just a natural flow on after retirement, to volunteer because then I could continue to do that giving and supporting to the community and to others,” Margaret said.
“All volunteers benefit the community they live in, it’s reaching out to others, and through knowing others, it bonds the community.
Sunshine Coast Council coordinates a range of volunteering opportunities covering a wide range of interest areas.
Visit council’s website for more information on volunteering.
Image: Sunshine Coast Libraries volunteer Margaret Dean