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Recognising our invaluable volunteers

Today is International Volunteer Day (5 December) which recognises the important role volunteers play in responding to challenges facing the world.

Council supports over 250 registered volunteers across 40 volunteer programs in Arts and Culture, Library Services, healthy ageing, open space, environmental sustainability, and community care.

This includes 20 Friends of Bayside groups working in our reserves, heathlands, foreshore, and at the Community Nursery.

Our volunteers contribute approximately 1500 hours per month to these various programs and services.

Community nursery volunteers look at plants
Community nursery volunteers inspecting plants

Council also supports Volunteer Involving Organisations based in or servicing Bayside. These organisations engage thousands of volunteers who support community-based projects.

The benefits of these programs are invaluable, and we are so thankful to have such wonderful, positive and energetic volunteers at Bayside.

Volunteer highlights include:

  • Bayside’s Home Library Service - volunteers support over 100 residents, delivering more than 9,000 books annually.
  • Volunteers at the Gallery range from front of house support to assisting with the wonderful Art & Dementia Program and at various events throughout the year.
  • Our youth volunteers create popular and exciting events through the Freeza Committee, and are involved with Bayside’s Youth Ambassadors, and the Youth Sustainability Leaders programs.
  • Black Rock Activity Centre and Community Care volunteers help reduce isolation and increase social connection for older residents.
  • Volunteers with the newly established Roving Repairs Program help to promote sustainability across the municipality.

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