Recognising Epsom’s Volunteers
National MP Hon Paul Goldsmith welcomes Volunteer Week 2015 by acknowledging the hard work of the 6,795 volunteers in the Epsom electorate.
“It’s outstanding that 14.6% of locals give their time, skills and resources to help improve the health of our community,” says Mr Goldsmith.
“As the National List MP based in Epsom I am immensely grateful for the contribution that our volunteers make.
“Volunteers freely donate their time and energy supporting a range of non-profit institutions including youth organisations, social services, sports, charities and many more.
“We are fortunate to have many wonderful volunteers here in the Epsom electorate including St Cuthbert’s College students who volunteer at Elizabeth Knox Retirement Home.
“St Cuthbert’s students are a fine example of local volunteers making a real difference. They visit their neighbours on a regular basis after school. Year 12 students help the physiotherapists do exercises with the residents, the English classes perform Shakespeare, and the Junior School JAMMERS choir perform for the residents,” says Mr Goldsmith.
National Volunteer Week 2015 runs from 21 – 27 June and is themed, ‘there is a place for you to volunteer’.
National supports volunteers with $12.5 Million through the Community Organisation Grants scheme, $1.5 million for community-led development, and $502,000 through the Support for Volunteering Fund available every year.