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.