National Volunteer Week (17-23 May 2021) kicks off today and the City of Fremantle is celebrating the outstanding contributions our local volunteers make to the community.
This year’s National Volunteer Week theme is Recognise. Reconnect. Reimagine. It acknowledges that it’s time to recognise volunteers for the vital role they play; reconnect to the importance of giving back; and reimagine how to better support volunteers and the communities they help.
Fremantle has always been a generous community with a long-standing history of volunteering and giving back, which was also reflected in the last Census where 18.7% of the Fremantle population reported volunteering compared to 17.9% for greater Perth.
Deputy Mayor Andrew Sullivan said this showed volunteering was a way of life for many Fremantle residents.
“The City of Fremantle is so fortunate to have hard-working and caring individuals who give their time, skills and knowledge to create positive change and contribute to our community’s greater good,” Cr Sullivan said.
“As we work through the challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic, now more than ever our local volunteers play a significant role in creating a strong, resilient and connected community.
“While National Volunteer Week presents a wonderful opportunity to organise various celebrations, it’s important to acknowledge our valuable volunteers all year round, because without them Fremantle wouldn’t be what it is today.”
On Wednesday the City will host a special high tea at Kidogo Arthouse to thank volunteers from the Wanjoo Lounge, Fremantle Library, Fremantle Men’s Community Shed, Fremantle Visitor Centre, The Meeting Place, depot, precinct groups, community gardens and more.
The City has also launched a series of bookmarks showcasing volunteer stories and their rewarding and enjoyable volunteering experiences. The bookmarks are available from Fremantle Library and the Fremantle Visitor Centre.
A selection of inspirational fiction, non-fiction and e-resources with a volunteering theme are also on display in the library during National Volunteer Week.