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Dedicated volunteers recognised on International Volunteer Day

29 November 2017 Wesley Mission news

International Volunteer Day celebrates the incredible work and dedication of millions of volunteers across the world, who generously give their time to help those most in need, rescue and save lives and generally make our world a better place. It's more than a day to show gratitude to those who do so much for so little. It's an opportunity to acknowledge them publicly on a global stage.

Devoting a day to commemorating volunteers is vital for encouraging the rest of our nation to recognise and show appreciation to those who are helping society voluntarily. Without volunteers, some of Wesley Mission’s community services would grind to a halt.

“International Day of Volunteering is an important day in Wesley Mission’s calendar and a chance to stop and think about how lucky we are to have over 6,500 people, who are willing to give their time freely to help us do all the good we can. Days like this are so important to ensure that we never take our volunteers for granted or lose sight of just how important their time is to us,” Richard Duncan, Wesley Volunteering Manager.

Wesley Connect team win Volunteer Team Award.

Wesley Connect's volunteering team are the winners of Wesley Mission's 2017 Volunteer Team Award.

Wesley Connect's volunteer team are the winners of the Wesley Mission 2017 Volunteer Team Award. While there are many incredible volunteer teams who serve at Wesley Mission including Lifeline Sydney & Sutherland, Wesley Dalmar (foster carers), Wesley Aunties & Uncles (youth mentorship program) and Community Visitors Scheme (visitors to aged care and retirement homes), the team at Wesley Connect took the award.

Wesley Connect give countless hours supporting those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, providing invaluable moral support and pastoral care to those facing hardship and in crisis. Just by lending an ear and giving them time, makes all the difference. Not only do they hand out much needed food, toiletries and clothes, but they also handle the logistics of receiving, unpacking, sorting and shelving food donations.

“These warm caring people are gifted volunteers who have a real heart for people and want to bring about support, acceptance, community and belonging. Without our amazing team of volunteers this is one of many areas of care Wesley Mission would not be able to provide to some of our most marginalised people in the Sydney CBD,” Lucy Parker, Wesley Connect Coordinator.

 At Wesley Mission's 2017 Volunteer Appreciation Function on 19 November, 70 individuals and teams were nominated for awards in six categories. Discover the list of winners.