National Volunteer Week will be held in May to celebrate the generous contribution of our nation’s volunteers. The theme for 2019 is ‘Making a world of difference’.

From May 20 to 26, thousands of events will be held across the country to say thank you to the six million Australians who volunteer their time. Locally, volunteers support a huge range of organisations including community, sporting, health, education and welfare.

At the neighbourhood and community centres in Corio and Norlane the volunteers are much-appreciated. They include administration assistance, garden and grounds maintenance, child minders, computer helpers, Community Kitchen facilitators, program leaders and cleaners.

Among the much-valued volunteers is Rosewall Neighbourhood Centre’s Carlie, who has lived in Geelong for two years and volunteers as playgroup co-facilitator and child minder most days at Rosewall.

As well as holding a Certificate III in Children’s Services, Carlie is super creative, organised and on the ball when it comes to children’s activities and programs. Carlie makes all the centre’s art and crafts, playdough, mini-cooking menus and outside and creative play setups. Her creativity has made the playroom a fun and colourful space.

Information about Volunteer Week activities will be available at the neighbourhood and community centres in early May. The centre staff thank their volunteers for all that they put in. They are to be applauded on their commitment to the neighbourhood centre.

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