National Volunteer Week, 9-15 May 2016, is the largest celebration of volunteers and volunteerism in Australia. This year, the theme is Give Happy, Live Happy, which celebrates the research that shows volunteers live happier and healthier lives.
Interchange would like to acknowledge the generous contribution of the 2,000+ volunteers who in the last financial year gave their time and support to Interchange agencies, children, young people and families impacted by disability. A whopping 100,000 hours of service were provided by our community of volunteers across Interchange programs and services. Interchange thanks you!
Nationally, more than 6 million Australians volunteer. A report recently released by Volunteering Australia, The State of Volunteering in Australia 2016, highlights that:
- 93% of volunteers saw positive changes as a result of their volunteering
- 99% of volunteers will continue to volunteer into the future
- 67% of volunteer involving organisation say that volunteers bring new insights
- 60% of people improve of their patience skills through volunteering
- 86% of volunteer involving organisations need more volunteers
The report also highlights that there are certain sectors were there was an over subscription of volunteers. But other areas – including disability services, young people and health – have a high number of volunteer vacancies needing to be filled.
So this National Volunteer Week, why not consider volunteering with your local Interchange agency and help support children and young people with a disability. Interchange thanks you!