The Hills Shire Council has more than 1000 volunteers in their network, all of which have helped to make The Sydney Hills a more vibrant and inclusive community.
Mayor of The Hills Shire, Dr Michelle Byrne said the tireless effort of local volunteers, who have given years of service and dedication to the community, is one of the most valuable resources the region has.
“I want to thank all of our 1000 plus volunteers for the wonderful work that they selflessly do without wanting to reap reward or recognition,” Mayor Byrne said.
“Without your support, many of our rewarding programs and services including Bushcare and Hills Community Care, would suffer and in some cases would not be able to operate at all.
“Volunteers in The Hills respond to emergencies, clean-up the environment, care for injured wildlife, raise money for causes, make sure events run to their full potential and continue our region’s reputation as a great place to live, grow and play.”
The Hills Shire Council’s dedicated workforce of volunteers contributed to over 127,000 hours to the community last year.
Council’s youngest volunteer is 15 years and the oldest volunteer is 87 years old, proving that anyone, young or old, can volunteer.
To add to the record-breaking figure, Council along with Leep, have developed a multifaceted training program for volunteers.
Mayor Byrne said the program offered further opportunities, better recognition and more training for current and new volunteers, with the aim to grow volunteerism across The Hills Shire.
“The new and improved program doesn’t limit volunteers to just one sector anymore, but allows them to choose what they would like to participate in across the eight streams, including Visitor Services, The Hills Shire Library Service and Hills Youth Army,” Mayor Byrne said.
“This means that volunteers can easily organise their schedules, track their hours and lock in time to volunteer through the accessible online rostering system.
“At no cost, volunteers can upskill by undertaking educational modules including multiculturalism, disability inclusion, first aid and many more.”
Volunteering is a great way to gain valuable work experience, learn new skills, have a sense of purpose and make some new friends in the process.
If you would like to become a Hills Shire volunteer, visit The Hills Shire Council website and search ‘Volunteer Registration Form’.
Simply fill out the form with your details and return to Council.