Volunteers make a difference

Media Release 19 May 2020

As part of National Volunteer Week, the City would like to acknowledge the contribution and dedication of all the amazing volunteers in our local community. This year’s theme is Changing Communities, Changing Lives. 

The City relies on the valuable support of more 150 volunteers each year for a range of services and activities including our libraries, seniors centres, the Old Mill* and helping out at City events. 

City of South Perth Mayor Greg Milner said the City is very lucky to have a group of dedicated volunteers ready to help each year. 

“This year’s theme is particularly relevant, given the changes we are all experiencing due to the Coronavirus pandemic. Community support at times like these is so important, when people are feeling isolated. 

“The City is continuing to support a variety of programs and services, and our amazing volunteers make a world of difference. 

“The South Perth Seniors Centre is currently the accredited provider of Meals on Wheels throughout the South Perth area and they rely heavily on volunteers to deliver meals. Due to COVID-19 the centre needs community support, so if you, or somebody you know can help out, please contact the South Perth Seniors Centre on 9367 9880. 

“The City is also partnering with the Rotary Club of Mill Point to deliver the Helping Hands program, providing support during the pandemic, offering services including picking up groceries, medication and making welfare checks. 

“The program is available to anyone in our community who may need support including seniors, people with a disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds and Aboriginal people. 

“Volunteering is a big part of the Australian ethos. We’ve always been a nation of people willing to roll up our sleeves, pitch in and have a go for the common good. We are so lucky to have so many volunteers lending a hand on projects coordinated by the City, as well as others who work with the many community associations dedicated to improving the lives of local residents. 

“National Volunteer Week is the perfect opportunity to recognise and salute all of our local volunteers who work to improve and enrich our wonderful community,” Mayor Milner said. 

If you would like to enquire about volunteering for the City please visit our website

*Helen Smith Burston (pictured) has been volunteering with the City for around 5 years.  She currently helps out at the Old Mill, speaking with visitors about the history of the iconic building.

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