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Published Monday 10 May 2021
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Celebrating our volunteers through new website

Recognise, Reconnect, Reimagine is the theme for this year’s National Volunteer Week and there has never been a more fitting time to say thanks to the hundreds of volunteers across the municipality for their tireless work.

The strength of Mitchell Shire’s volunteer network came to the fore during the COVID-19 lockdowns, with volunteer groups mobilising to respond to community needs.

New initiatives were created, and Mitchell’s volunteer groups showed their resilience, creativity and commitment to making the community a safe and welcoming place.

Emerging from last year’s lockdowns, volunteer groups have sprung into action however, many have reported a shortage of new volunteers to replace those retiring.

To coincide with National Volunteer Week – 17-23 May – Mitchell Shire Council, with the support of the Victorian Government, will launch a new website to help potential volunteers find local opportunities.

The Volunteering Mitchell website is a one-stop-shop for volunteer organisations to promote volunteering roles and for community members to browse opportunities to get involved.

Groups wanting to be featured on the new website can contact Council’s Community Development Officer – Liveability on 5734 6248.

Comments from Mayor Cr Rhonda Sanderson

"On behalf of Council and the community, I would like to extend a special thank you to the many volunteers who worked so tirelessly across our municipality during 2020. They responded to our community’s needs including the expansion of food relief and activities to prevent social isolation," she said.

“Volunteers are the lifeblood of our community right across the municipality.

“One of the things we hear time and time again, is that people love living in Mitchell because of the community spirit.

“Volunteering helps the community, but it also offers many benefits to the volunteers including the opportunity to develop new skills, make new friends and support your local community."

This page was last updated on 18 May 2021.