Week to honour those who make a difference

By McIvor Times

DID you know there are nearly 6 million people volunteering across Australia? This week marks National Volunteer Week, with the theme “Making a world of difference”.

If you’ve ever thought about volunteering but have hesitated because you don’t know where to start or are unsure about the level of commitment involved, Volunteer Central Vic is here to help.

A service of Cobaw Community Health, Volunteer Central Vic works across the Macedon Ranges Shire, Mount Alexander Shire and Heathcote. The service helps prospective volunteers link up with available roles across a wide range of community groups and organisations. The service also offers training opportunities for volunteers and their managers, as well as one-to-one advice and coaching.

Volunteering is a great way to meet new friends, learn new skills, increase self-confidence and wellbeing, as well as develop stronger connections with your community.

To coincide with National Volunteer Week, a new Volunteer Resource Centre is being launched, which will be located at the newly opened Heathcote Health Hub at 39 Hospital Street.

This warm and welcoming space is the perfect place to drop in for a chat, browse information about volunteering or let others know about volunteering vacancies.

The Resource Centre was to be officially opened on Tuesday, May 21 with a morning tea to thank and acknowledge local community volunteers.

The Heathcote Volunteer Resource Centre will be open every Tuesday, 10am-2pm except during school holidays and on public holidays.

Contact Lisa Richards, Volunteer Central Vic coordinator on (03) 5421 1619 or email [email protected] or visit