Volunteers celebrate 30 years of operation at the Guildford Community Centre, with Cumberland Council on the hunt for more volunteers particularly in its Aged and Disability Services area.
A VOLUNTEER with Cumberland Council since 2014, Adrienne Dawson has seen the big impact small acts of kindness can have.
"Sometimes a simple smile or touch can brighten a person's day," Ms Dawson said.
"A greeting in the morning and a chat makes people happy."
Putting a shout out for more volunteers, the Council's general manager Malcolm Ryan said they have a range of roles and opportunities available in the area of Aged and Disability Services.
He says the hours are flexible, and the experience is mutually beneficial for service users and volunteers alike.
"Delivering meals to people's homes, driving a community bus so people can enjoy group outings, helping with everyday tasks like grocery shopping, assisting with centre based groups, even stopping in for a visit or just having a chat over the phone – these small acts of kindness make a hugely positive difference in the lives of others," Mr Ryan said.
"Volunteering can also provide you with the opportunity to meet new people and develop new skills, and is particularly rewarding for young people seeking work experience.
"Your volunteer supervisor will be able to provide you with a statement of service, detailing your role, responsibilities and hours volunteered.
"They'd also be able to give a verbal reference over the phone should you need one.
"Ultimately though, there's no better feeling than giving.
"We truly are richer for the experience."
Volunteers are also covered by insurance while undertaking volunteer duties and allocated a supervisor who will provide training as well as sound guidance and direction.