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HVC to open Outreach in Nelson Bay
Volunteering in your community
Donating some time to make a difference
Tony Singler - Hunter Volunteer Centre
The Hunter Volunteer Centre is the leading referral and training service for the Newcastle and Hunter areas' Volunteers, Volunteer Managers and the member Non Profit organisations that utilises them.
This Non Profit Organisation has been supporting volunteers and the community for over 25 years, and is solely dedicated to this referral, training and support service.
Volunteers are a major source of work skills and experience in today's society. Each of us has skills that can be utilised in a volunteer position.
A volunteer is someone who willingly gives unpaid help in the form of time, service or skills, through an organisation or group at least once in a 12 month period, primarily through a Non Profit Organisation. This work would otherwise have to be paid for by the organisation, eating into their funding, or it would just not be done due to the cost.
The most comprehensive research on philanthropy in Australia has found that Australians and businesses are giving and volunteering more than ever before, contributing more than $11 billion in 2004. Results from the national survey of voluntary work 2006 by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) shows some of the following key findings:
In 2006, 5.2 million people (34%) of the Australian population aged 18 years and over, participated in voluntary work.
They contributed 713 million hours to the community, an average of 136 hours each per year or 2.6 hours per week.
The comparison of 1995, 2000 and 2006 data reveal that volunteer rates increased from 24% to 32% and to 35% between these three time points.
The reason a person volunteers varies, and a breakdown of these follows: -
Helping others or the community was acknowledged as a current reason for volunteering by 57% of volunteers.
o Volunteers were given as reason for personal satisfaction 44% and 36% to do something worthwhile.
o There were 22% of volunteers who gave social contact as their reason for volunteering.
o To be active and to use skills/experience each motivated 16% of volunteers.
o Learning new skills and gaining work experience were given as reasons by 11% of volunteers.
Whatever the reason, Australia is leading the way with volunteering. It shows just how community focused our people are, and that they are prepared to sacrifice their time for others.
The Nelson Bay/Port Stephens area is an area which has an abundance of potential volunteers, and with our Raymond Terrace office and new Outreach office setting up in Tomaree Library, we are hoping to tap into this workforce and assist the many organisations in the area with their volunteer needs.
We have a number of Non Profit Organisations as members in the Nelson Bay/Port Stephens area, each with vacant positions for volunteers. These could be mentoring youth, cooking meals to visiting a person in a nursing home once a week.
Volunteering does make a difference. If you can spare some time, even an hour a week, we would love to hear from you. Help the community - help yourself.
VOLUNTEERING - I CAN DO THAT!!
For more information, please see website www.hvc.org.au or call our Newcastle Office on 4940 0077.
Head Office - Level 1, 810 Hunter Street Newcastle
Outreach Centres also is Belmont, Maitland, Raymond Terrace, Scone and the latest at Tomaree Library.
* Statistics provided by the ABS - Voluntary Work, Australia, 2006 (cat. no. 4441.0).