New campaign to encourage people to return to volunteering
The City of Greater Bendigo has launched a new campaign to encourage residents to answer the call to become a volunteer.
Mayor Cr Andrea Metcalf said volunteers were the heart and soul of our community, and now was a great time to start or return to volunteering.
“Quite simply, our community needs its volunteers and volunteer numbers have really taken a hit since the onset of COVID-19. Anecdotally we have heard there has been up to a 50 per cent drop locally in people returning to volunteering since pandemic restrictions eased,” Cr Metcalf said.
“Now we’re regaining a sense of normality, every part of our community – like emergency services, event organisers, sporting and special interest groups, schools and op shops – are all crying out for volunteers,” Cr Metcalf said.
“The contributions volunteers make are invaluable and if you have a skill you can offer or a general interest in a specific area, you will have no problem finding a volunteer opportunity to suit you.
“Volunteering can be a great way to meet new people and to develop new knowledge and skills. Some people also find that volunteering creates pathways into employment.
“If you used to volunteer and it’s been a while since you were in contact with the people you used to support, I can almost guarantee they will be happy to hear from you and warmly welcome you back.
“If you’re new to volunteering, simply think of the organisations or groups you would like to get involved with and give them a call to ask how you can help. If you need more information about volunteering, the Bendigo Volunteer Resource Centre can point you in the right direction.
“For groups, clubs and not-for-profits that want to recruit volunteers, log onto CONNECT Greater Bendigo, www.connectgreaterbendigo.com.au, to promote your opportunity.
“As the ad campaign says, life’s just not the same without our volunteers and volunteering can be a very rewarding experience. So, answer the call and become a volunteer today!”
More information on volunteering and how to promote your volunteering opportunity through CONNECT Greater Bendigo can also be found at www.bendigo.vic.gov.au/volunteering
To view the 30 second ad – https://youtu.be/oJVns1LRND0
To view the 15 second ad – https://youtu.be/n3uh-QJU8j4