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Last year tested our Aussie spirit, having to deal with the onslaught of natural disasters and a global pandemic. And while so many of our emergency volunteers worked tirelessly, many other volunteers were stood down due to age, health concerns or volunteer programs being suspended.

Gippsland Lakes Complete Health (GLCH) is celebrating National Volunteer Week (NVW) by treating their hundreds of volunteers with a home-delivered ‘thank you’ pack, containing a healthy cookie, a wearable pin, coffee and tea sachets, and a thank you card.

“National Volunteer Week provides us with an opportunity to celebrate our dedicated volunteers and let them know how much we value their generosity and commitment to our organisation and clients,” said Chris Tipa, Executive Manager of the Aged and Disability Unit at Gippsland Lakes Complete Health (GLCH).

National Volunteers Week (17-23 May) is an annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our nation’s volunteers. This year’s NVW theme of “Recognise. Reconnect. Reimagine” reflects the importance of reintroducing volunteers into their roles again, and the profound contribution they make to their communities and within society, through the donation of their time.

“Volunteering is all about making a difference in your community and our volunteers truly do,” explained Mr Tipa. “They are an invaluable asset to staff and our clients and make our services stronger.” 

Volunteering benefits you personally as it offers the chance to act on your values, passions and interests and make new friendships and create professional networks. Volunteers also enjoy better physical and mental health as studies show volunteering makes us healthier and happier. GLCH have a number of different volunteering opportunities available from their five locations in East Gippsland, and you can volunteer as much or as little time as you want – once a week, once a fortnight, once a month – whatever suits your personal schedule. To find out more about these opportunities, contact the volunteer coordinator at GLCH.