In celebration of our local volunteers, Council held a Showcase morning tea on Friday 24 May where local organisations attended to present their work and describe 'a day in the life of a volunteer' to peers and Councillors.
Many attendees said how volunteering was personally fulfilling as it provides them with unique challenges, opportunities to learn new skills and meet new people they often develop long-lasting friendships with.
Penrith Mayor Ross Fowler OAM said that he was impressed by the level of dedication and the work ethic of the organisations that presented.
“I am proud of the many locals who give up their time to help others and the invaluable work that they do for the community,” Cr Fowler said.
“Volunteering is a great way to give back, bring people together and develop as an individual. It’s an activity that plays a vital role in developing social connections between people and alleviating loneliness,” he continued.
“People develop skills, networks and values integral to professional environments which can often lead to employment.
“When it comes to volunteering, there’s something for everyone. There’s a diverse range of roles available in Penrith.”
Council will be holding a free Volunteer Expo in late September where organisations will be showcasing their work. Everyone is invited to come along and learn more about how to get involved in their local community.
For more information about the Expo, please contact Council’s Disability Inclusion Officer on (02) 4732 8081.