National Volunteer Week celebrates the St Vincent de Paul Society

VOLUNTEERS: Beryl Alderton, Colleen Smith, Barbara Anderson, Leanne Barling and Gina Mawson. Photo: CASSIE MILLER-COEN
VOLUNTEERS: Beryl Alderton, Colleen Smith, Barbara Anderson, Leanne Barling and Gina Mawson. Photo: CASSIE MILLER-COEN

This May the community are invited to celebrate those who are "making a world of difference".

This year's annual National Volunteer Week is on from May 20-26 and is a celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our nation's volunteers.

Thousands of events will be held across the country to say thank you to the six million Australians who volunteer their time, with this year's theme 'making a world of difference'.

The week-long celebration will include breakfasts, morning/afternoon teas, and luncheons, as well as open days, award ceremonies, picnics, forums and training sessions.

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Wilcannia Forbes Central Council of the St Vincent de Paul Society, are proud to acknowledge the invaluable contribution our wonderful volunteers make in the delivery of services to their respective communities.

National Volunteer Week is the largest celebration of volunteers and volunteerism in Australia, and allows society to join with other volunteer organisations to say 'thank you', for without our volunteers tireless contributions the Society would not exist. These tireless efforts do not go unnoticed.

The Narromine Vinnies centre has a very friendly, social environment and the work provides a special sense of satisfaction you get from helping others and learning new skills.

Various tasks include sorting donated goods, serving at the counter, clerical, basic computer, interviewing and listening to people in need.

Volunteer Judy Wheately has given over 45 years of service to the Narromine Centre and continues to volunteer. Colleen Smith is another long-time member and volunteer with 20 years' service in the Narromine Centre and Beryl Alderton has given 15 years of service.

In Trangie Coral Dennis has given 45 years of service to the Trangie centre and conference and she continues to volunteer and Garry Fitzgerald has given 10 years of service to the centre.

During Volunteer week we celebrate Judy, Colleen, Berry, Coral and Garry and all Vinnies volunteers and members who have given so much back to their community, in Narromine and Trangie.

With busy lives it can be hard to find time to volunteer, however the benefits of volunteering are enormous to you and your community.

Volunteering is one of the best ways to make new friends, build relationships and learn new skills. It can also provide a sense of purpose to people who are lonely or isolated and can increase self-confidence.

St Vincent de Paul Society is therefore calling for citizens in Nyngan to consider volunteering with them in their Centre or Conference at 84 Pangee Street.

Men and women of all ages and denominations are welcome and encouraged to join us. Even a couple of hours a week would be a great help.

If you are interested in volunteering, call in at the Vinnies Centre, or telephone (02) 6889 1503.