The 2018 WA Volunteer Service Awards on 27 May celebrated 113 volunteers for their dedication to community service organisations in Western Australia.
Organisations included the Woolah-Way Aboriginal Corporation and the Red Cross, and volunteers were presented with certificates in two categories: 25 to 49 years of service, or 50 years or more of service to the same organisation in Western Australia.
Two ceremonies were hosted by the Department of Communities, with Aboriginal Elder Denis Hayward and his daughter Karan Hayward (pictured right) from the Woolah-Way Aboriginal Corporation among those honoured.
Together they have dedicated more than 50 years of service to the organisation, helping to improve the lives of Aboriginal people.
Elder Hayward still volunteers at 84 years of age and helped forge an important partnership between the organisation and the WA Office of the Indigenous Community Volunteers.
Other volunteers recognised on the day included Joan Nock who has dedicated 58 years to the Red Cross and Jenny Rosser who has given 38 years of service to the Activ Foundation.
During National Volunteer Week 2018 (21- 27 May) more than 1,600 volunteers were presented with WA Volunteer Service Awards at ceremonies or by post.
The WA Volunteer of the Year Awards 2018 were also hosted in the same week by Volunteering WA (VWA) on 24 May at the Hyatt Regency, Perth. Communities is a regular sponsor of this prestigious event which has eight award categories.
Communities sponsors the WA Excellence in Volunteer Management category. Nicole Woods, captain of the Gingin Volunteer Fire and Rescue Service was announced the 2018 award recipient. Nicole (pictured left) increased membership numbers by promoting the brigade to a wider audience, introduced new training and mentoring opportunities, and secured the future of this vital emergency service.
The Department of Communities has a Volunteering Strategy, which can be found here. The strategy provides a broad framework for action and suggests strategies that can be implemented by all levels of government, non-government organisations, the private sector and the community, to encourage and support volunteering.
Thank A Volunteer Day grants of up to $1,000 are available from Communities for community organisations to host events or activities on Thank a Volunteer Day, 5 December 2018. The grants support communities wishing to celebrate the day and the role of local volunteers.
Visit Communities' website to apply for a Thank A Volunteer Day grant.
Applications close 4.00pm on Thursday 21 June 2018.