Thank you to all the Volunteers in Burnie

Thank you to all the Volunteers in Burnie

Australia’s biggest celebration of volunteering, National Volunteer Week, starts on Monday 20th May. Burnie Works would like to acknowledge and send a special thank you to our volunteers during this special week. The volunteers at Burnie Works have diverse passions and talents. They work with the Burnie Works team to help drive positive change in our community.

Our volunteers include our Burnie Works and West North West Working board members. They volunteer their time to steer the ship and bring specialised skills in management, finance, communications, policy, and people and safety. They are all community members with a good understanding of the challenges faced by people living in Burnie.

In 2023, 40 people volunteered to judge the BIG Science Fair, which Burnie Works coordinated. These community members came together to support this event, which has been an important part of STEAM (Science, technology, engineering, art, and maths) for students in the Northwest for the past 20 years.

We have volunteers who spend days naming book bags and packing children’s books for our Books in Homes program. The program aims to inspire young people to develop a love of reading, prepare them for school, and help them develop reading skills for life. We also have many volunteers who give their time, knowledge and lived experience as part of our other activities. They participate in action groups, committees, and working groups.

Burnie Works chair Jacqueline de Jonge said, “This year’s National Volunteer Week theme is ‘Something for Everyone’, highlighting that there is a place for everyone in the world of volunteering. We invite everyone to explore the vast array of volunteering opportunities. Whether it is a volunteer position with Burnie Works or other areas, such as environmental causes, tourism, sport, or fundraising, to help people in our community. There is a place where your skills and interests can flourish.”

Volunteering is a great way to meet new people and build healthy relationships. It strengthens your ties to the community and exposes you to people with similar interests. Because volunteering keeps you in regular contact with others, it can also help you develop a solid support base. As well as helping to protect you against stress and depression, volunteering can help with mental health recovery.

Email to learn how to get involved or volunteer with Burnie Works. You can also visit the Volunteering Tasmania website to find volunteering opportunities near you.