Celebrate and recruit volunteers with volunteering events
Get involved in a range of volunteering events to honour the efforts of those that contribute their time, skills and talents to help our communities thrive.
National Volunteer Week
Held in May each year, National Volunteer Week is the largest celebration of volunteers and volunteerism in Australia. It provides an opportunity to highlight the role of volunteers in our community and say thank you to the more than 6 million Australians who volunteer.
With the theme ‘Give Happy, Live Happy’, the event recognises the research that shows volunteers live happier and healthier lives.
The week of celebrations is a terrific opportunity to acknowledge our local volunteers, conduct extra training, and promote volunteering as a means to connect. Importantly, it also sparks opportunities to work in partnership with other community organisations to share resources and expertise, and build pathways for community-based activities.
Join us in celebrating and raising the profile of volunteering in our communities! If you would like to join our events, have any ideas or just want to know where you can advertise your volunteering celebrations, contact us.
International Volunteer Managers Day
This occasion recognises the contribution of those professionals who actively manage, coordinate, support and enable volunteering.
The Centre of Participation holds various events every year on 5 November to celebrate the role of volunteer managers – contact us to get involved!
International Volunteer Day
The day is celebrated worldwide with thousands of volunteers involved in a range of events as diverse as the volunteers themselves. Celebrations include clean-up campaigns, conferences, exhibitions, morning teas and many other activities all aimed at highlighting the role of volunteers in communities.
To find out how you can get involved in celebrating our volunteers, contact us.
Volunteering Recognition Awards
Launched in 2013, our Volunteering Recognition Awards recognise the remarkable efforts of volunteers, volunteer programs and volunteer-involving organisations that make our communities vibrant.
Although there are a small number of individual awards, the key focus is on celebrating volunteer-involving organisations and volunteer programs. The awards are funded mainly through donations and sponsorships, and we are grateful for this support in making the awards possible.
We congratulate the worthy recipients of the 2017 awards:
Overall 2017 Leading Volunteer Team Award – Beulah Historic Learning & Progress Association
Young Volunteer Award – Tha Blay Sher
New Resident Award – Max Pietrushka
Foster Carer Award – Pamela Branson
Lifetime Achievement Award – Elva Raggatt
Community Health Award – Pathways to Harrow: Harrow Bush Nursing
Connecting Communities Award – Beulah Historic Learning & Progress Association
Celebrating Diversity Award – Migrant Support Program – Oasis Wimmera
Emergency Recovery Award – Horsham Aeromedical Transfer Station (HATS)
Community Organisation Award – Lions Club of Nhill
Local Landcare Group Award – Kaniva District Landcare Group
Individual Landcarer Award – Jamie Saines: Warracknabeal East Conservation Farmers
Young Landcare Leader Award – Jessica Kuhne: Horsham Urban Landcare Group
Hindmarsh Shire Council Award – Nhill Air Show
Horsham Rural City Council Award – Horsham Aeromedical Transfer Station (HATS)
Northern Grampians Shire Council Award – Eventide Homes (Stawell) Inc
West Wimmera Shire Council Award – Pathways to Harrow
Yarriambiack Shire Council Award – U3A Dunmunkle