Volunteers are backbone of a thriving community

IF you would like to gain valuable work experience, contribute to community life, meet new people and learn new skills – then think about volunteering.

Why not attend the Cumberland Council’s upcoming Volunteering Info Session during National Volunteer Week, May 16-22, to find out more about the roles available.
It’s on offer at Auburn Library on Wednesday, May 18, 11am-noon, with walk-ins welcome and no registration required.
Jenny has been volunteering at Western Sydney Community Centre in Auburn for the past three years.
She started volunteering to reduce stress, learn new skills and experiences, assist others and to make connections.
Chinese-born, Jenny can see the role already improving her English and hopes it will eventually lead to a job.
“I enjoy volunteering and feeling like a useful member of the community,” she said.
“I would say to others considering volunteering, that you should give what time you can to help make a difference to others and your community.”
Tim did his work placement as part of his Social Work studies at Auburn Youth Centre, and decided to stay on as a volunteer.
“I’m very grateful for the opportunity and what I have learnt so far,” he said.
“I supervise drop-ins, answer the phone, do a bit of admin work and speak with young people.
“You never stop learning and volunteering is a great way to get your one or two years’ experience which most employers require before giving you a paid role.”