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National Volunteer Week

National Volunteer Week runs during May each year.



The local  theme for National Volunteer Week 2017 is: ‘not every superhero wears a cape.’   Because being a volunteer is like being a superhero; unsung but without whom life just isn’t the same.

National Volunteer Week provides a great opportunity for us all to say thank you to the many volunteers who help make our community stronger and encourage more people to get involved.  It is a time for volunteers to shine, a time to tell us why they volunteer and what they do for the community.

To that end, Volunteering Ballarat is celebrating with several events.

For the entire week, the official Volunteer Flag will fly in the centre of Sturt Street opposite the Town Hall,

On Monday, May 8 the week will be launched at an event hosted by The City of Ballarat and Volunteering Ballarat at the Robert Clark Center, Ballarat Botanical Gardens.  Madame Mayor, Samantha Mcintosh will open the event followed by a tree planting ceremony.
Volunteer involving organisations from across our region will be presented at the function followed by morning tea.

On Saturday, May 13, a Festival of Volunteering will be held, showcasing the many and varied volunteer organisations in our region. The festival will include display stalls, entertainment, panel discussions, demonstrations and activities.


Volunteer Recognition Awards

For several years, National Volunteer Week festivities in the Ballarat region culminated in a gala awards night.

The Annual Volunteer Recognition Awards saw individuals and groups of volunteers receive awards for their dedication to volunteering.

This event was about recognising the place of volunteering in our community.  This remains a focus, however, the way we do that is evolving.   Below are stories from previous awards and the fantastic volunteers in our region who simply get on with the job without calling for any recognition.

A Family Volunteering Affair

posted by pmckee, 13 Jun 2017

  “Featured here are Lyn, Lauren and Geoff Brownbill, volunteers at Ballarat Health Services enjoying the National Volunteer Week afternoon tea and guest speaker event on May 10th. Lyn is involved with the Welcome team in the hospital, Lauren volunteers in the Emergency Department and at Elizabeth Brown Planned activity group and Geoff delivers newspapers …read more


National Volunteer Week

posted by pmckee, 18 May 2017

Not every superhero wears a cape The local  theme for National Volunteer Week 2017 was: ‘not every superhero wears a cape.’   Because being a volunteer is like being a superhero; unsung but without whom life just isn’t the same. National Volunteer Week provides a great opportunity for us all to say thank you to …read more


Festival of Volunteering

posted by pmckee, 13 Apr 2017

The 2017 Festival of Volunteering on Saturday, May 13 will celebrate all the volunteers in our region. Everyone is welcome at this FREE event. Saturday, May 13 10:00am to 4:00pm St Patrick’s Hall, Dawson Street South, Ballarat Stalls and displays will be on-site showcasing the volunteering opportunities in our community. The day will include entertainment and discussions. Here …read more


RSL & Tramways Museum Celebrate National Volunteer Week

posted by pmckee, 18 Jul 2016

The Ballarat RSL reported on their National Volunteer Week activities: “Ballarat RSL celebrated National Volunteer Week with a ride on the café tram newly restored by the Tramways Museum volunteers; a double volunteer experience. We boarded the tram at the depot in Gillies Street at 10.30am, the tramways volunteers welcomed us and acted as guides …read more


National Volunteer Week – Ballarat

posted by pmckee, 17 May 2016

Where would we be without volunteers? National Volunteer Week allowed Volunteering Ballarat and the agencies it works with the opportunity to recognise and thank the thousands of volunteers across our region without whom our community would not be the culturally-rich and caring community it is.  The theme adopted locally this year was ‘not all superheroes wear …read more


Volunteer Week – video

posted by pmckee, 09 May 2016

This video has been produced to celebrate National Volunteer Week in Ballarat 2016. Created from a selection of videos provided by several volunteer organisations across our region. Thanks to Darryl Torpy for editing the video and to all those people who have contributed to the making of the video.

FB Banner Festival

Festival of Volunteering

posted by pmckee, 28 Apr 2016

Ballarat’s theme for National Volunteer Week in 2016 is Not all superheroes wear a cape   The Festival of Volunteering, on Friday, May 13 will celebrate all the superhero volunteers in our region. Everyone is welcome at this FREE event. Friday, May 13 11.40 to 4.00pm Art Gallery of Ballarat, The Annexe Stalls and displays …read more


Volunteering Ballarat News December 2015

posted by pmckee, 02 Jan 2016

  DECEMBER 2015   Ballarat Volunteer Coordinators Network re-ignites The local Volunteer Coordinators’ Network (VCN) has had a resurggence over the past 12 months, with the instigation of the Executive group … find out more here   Mentoring with CAFS Find out about the fantastic work of the CAFS leaving care mentoring program, a mentor …read more


Volunteering Ballarat News July 2015

posted by pmckee, 29 Jul 2015

  JULY 2015 Training Opportunities We’ve rounded up some upcoming training opportunities for those working with volunteers. Some are local and others within easy travelling distance … find out more here National Volunteer Week in Ballarat Volunteering Ballarat hosted a flag raising ceremony and morning tea, a volunteering expo and produced a volunteering magazine  … …read more


MIND Celebrate Volunteer Week

posted by pmckee, 08 Jul 2015

The following article is provided by Mind Australia National Volunteer Week 2015 On Friday 5th June 2015 at the Ballarat Personal Helpers and Mentors Program office we held a lunch in recognition of National Volunteer Week for volunteers, staff, and clients to recognize all the hard work that the volunteers do for us. The events …read more


National Volunteer Week – Flag Raising & Expo

posted by pmckee, 13 May 2015

Monday morning proved challenging weather-wise for those in attendance at the annual Flag Raising Ceremony, but despite the chill and the threatening clouds a crowd gathered opposite the Town Hall in Sturt Street and watched Cr Peter Innes and Geoff Sharp, CEO of United Way Ballarat raise the official Volunteer Flag. After the briefest, record …read more




United Way Ballarat is working to advance the common good of our community by focusing on Education, Income and Health.  These are the building blocks for a good life—a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement, and good health.  United Way Ballarat asks all the citizens of Ballarat and surrounding areas to do three things: GIVE – money and goods; ADVOCATE – on behalf of those who cannot; and VOLUNTEER – to invest time in our community More about United Way Ballarat


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