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International Volunteer Day 2016

5 December 2016 Wesley Mission news

Today, Monday 5 December, is International Volunteer Day. Introduced by the United Nations General Assembly in 1985, it is a day for the world to stop, remember and appreciate the incredible work that volunteers do across the globe.

"At Wesley Mission, we celebrate and give thanks for our 4000 volunteers who selflessly give their time, skills, energy and love to the work that we do and the people that we support. We consider ourselves lucky to have so many dedicated individuals who are willing to help us as much as they do, as often as they can and in as many ways as they can.” Richard Duncan, Head of Volunteering at Wesley Mission.

Volunteering takes on many forms for Wesley Mission. Whether driving a bus so that residents of our retirement homes and aged care facilities can visit the shops or attend special events, teaching people living with disability to paint, providing food and a sympathetic ear to the homeless or running a stall at Wesley Fair, each and every volunteer plays their part in making the world a better place.

In fact, if it wasn’t for our volunteers, many of our services simply wouldn’t exist.

Community Visitors Scheme
Volunteers regularly visit and spend quality time with residents in retirement homes and aged care facilities. For the residents, this time is greatly appreciated during what can be a challenging and lonely stage of their lives.

Wesley Aunties and Uncles
Hundreds of adult volunteers mentor hundreds of children from disadvantaged backgrounds providing guidance, time and love needed to help give them a better start to life. With regular meetings, the mentoring relationship lasts a minimum of three years with many volunteers extending their support well past that period. For some mentors, they go on to mentor several children and remain active volunteers for well over a decade.

Wesley School for Seniors
Volunteers in Wesley School for Seniors give their time to run classes for seniors, from barn dancing to language classes, these classes provide a new lease on their lives at a time that can be frightening and isolating for some.

Lifeline Sydney & Sutherland
For the thousands of people who call Lifeline day or night, the trained volunteer at the end of the line provides an understanding and sympathetic ear that can literally save lives. These volunteers are a great example of the enormous dedication and importance that all volunteers play in our community.

These are just a few examples of how much we at Wesley Mission depend on our volunteers. No matter the job or how much time they are able to give, our volunteers in many ways are our lifeblood and very much part of our team. Without them we simply couldn’t do what we do.

We’d like to call on everyone to give thanks to all the volunteers in their lives. Make a point of thanking them today and acknowledging them for the great work that they do. And then tomorrow make a point of thanking them again. While International Volunteer Day is the day across the world that we think to thank our volunteers, let’s not leave it a year before we thank them again.

Happy International Volunteer Day and thank you to all our volunteers!