'Give a little. Change a lot' is the theme for National Volunteer Week 2018 which runs 21-27 May and celebrates the six million Australians who make a positive impact in their communities by volunteering.
About 80 per cent of Western Australians volunteer each year in a variety of roles, from helping at homeless shelters to supporting local schools, fundraising for community projects and being a carer.
The Department of Communities (Communities) invests more than $1.3 million annually in volunteer development services across WA and recognises that volunteers are a vital part of the community services sector.
It's easy to get involved in National Volunteer Week 2018. Celebrations will include breakfasts, morning and afternoon teas, luncheons, as well as open days, award ceremonies, picnics, forums and training sessions.
Volunteering WA (VWA) is promoting several activities and installations. Buildings in Red will light up significant landmarks in Perth, Pieces of a Larger Puzzle invites visitors to contribute pieces in Forrest Place, Perth and Wheatbelt Volunteering will have displays and free coffee to thank volunteers.
VWA will host the Volunteer of the Year Awards at the Hyatt Regency, Perth on 24 May 2018. Communities is a regular sponsor of the event and the WA Excellence in Volunteer Management Award.
The WA Volunteer Service Awards, hosted by the Department of Communities, take place at the Rendezvous Hotel Perth in Scarborough on 27 May 2018. The awards honour volunteers who have given 25 years or more voluntary service to a single organisation.
People participating in National Volunteer Week 2018 are encouraged to take photos at events and use the hashtag: #nvw2018