From Monday 17th to Sunday 23rd May 2021, National Volunteer Week (NVW) will celebrate the significant contribution of Australia’s almost six million volunteers. Each year these volunteers dedicate over 600 million hours to help others.
The theme for NVW 2021 is Recognise – Reconnect – Reimagine, which acknowledges that it is time to:
- RECOGNISE, celebrate and thank volunteers for the vital role they play in our lives. During these pandemic times, volunteers continue to deliver essential services, organise food packages and offer care, comfort, and more to support the well-being of Australians. Volunteers make our communities stronger, especially during times of need, crisis, or isolation.
- RECONNECT to what is important by giving our time to help others and ourselves. In a year when many of us have experienced increased loneliness or isolation, mental health or financial stress, volunteering can help. Evidence shows that volunteering connects us to others in our local communities, to better mental well-being or to potential pathways to employment. When we help others in our community or give our time to a cause we value, we also give back to ourselves.
- REIMAGINE how we better support volunteers and the communities they help. During COVID-19, two-thirds of volunteers stopped working due to illness or other caring responsibilities. In the current changing environment, we need to reimagine how we do things. We need to collaborate more and adapt our volunteering practices and programs so we can better support and engage volunteers to continue the necessary work that they do.
If you are considering reaching out and perhaps joining a volunteer group, now might be a good time to consider just how you can become involved. Please go to: volunteeringaustralia.org