From Monday 16 to Sunday 22 May, we joined people and organisations across Australia in celebrating National Volunteer Week. It was an annual celebration to acknowledge the significant contributions of our wonderful volunteers. Wesley Mission is proud to celebrate the dedication and hard work of our many volunteers.
This year’s theme was Better Together – a theme that has been at the core of Wesley Mission since its inception over 200 years ago. In 20/21, our volunteers contributed over 79,000 hours, enabling us, together, to assist 115,700 clients including 11 per cent more people ‘most in need’ and 9 per cent more people ‘in need’.
This year we celebrated the many accomplishments of our volunteers, who contribute across a number of our programs – from Lifeline Sydney & Sutherland, Wesley Aunties & Uncles, Wesley LifeSkills, to youth mentoring, out of home care and to other areas that support the elderly, people experiencing homelessness, addiction, financial or domestic challenges and so much more!
We thank you for your time and support, we could not do all we do without you, and we thank you.
At Wesley Mission our volunteers come from all walks of life, they provide their valuable time, skills and heart to our many services. Here is a sneak peek of some of our wonderful volunteers, that we showcased during National Volunteer Week on our socials. Make sure to follow us on Facebook, Instagram and LinkedIn to see more volunteering profiles and stories.
Meet Di, the 2021 Wesley Mission Adult Volunteer of the Year. Di has been a faithful Wesley Mission Lifeline volunteer for over 17 years, taking calls from people who are struggling with grief, loss, relationship issues, domestic violence, substance abuse, trauma, depression and more. She also volunteers as an In-Shift Supporter to assist other Lifeline volunteers with their calls. Di has touched the lives of many over her 1,100 hours taking calls and over 300 hours of group training she’s facilitated since 2004. This National Volunteer Week, we’d like to thank Di and all our Wesley Lifeline volunteers! If you’re over 18, live or work in the Sydney CBD or Sutherland region, and are interested in becoming a Lifeline volunteer like Di, contact our team today at LifelineVolunteers@wesleymission.org.au
Meet John, the 2021 Wesley Mission Volunteer of the Year. John has been visiting socially isolated older people in his community for over 27 years through the Wesley Community Visitors Scheme (Wesley CVS). Not only has John faithfully visited the people he is formally connected with at his local aged care facility, but he also tries to reach out to anyone who looks lonely and would like a chat. John was nominated by Dawn Brown who shared that John regularly displays the qualities of having a soft heart, sharp mind, hard feet ready to go anywhere, and open hands ready to give. Wesley CVS links volunteers like John with older people experiencing loneliness to provide friendship and companionship. Find out how you can help – email Volunteering@wesleymission.org.au for more information.
Arlene is a Telephone Crisis Supporter at Lifeline as well as a student mentor. Arlene began Lifeline training in 2020 and was one of the first cohort of students trained via Zoom during the start of the pandemic. Whilst it was a difficult time for everyone during lockdown, Arlene acknowledges that volunteering has been a wonderful experience and that she has learnt skills which are invaluable to her both personally and professionally. For Arlene, volunteering has been a wonderful journey of personal growth. “I have met and spoken to the most wonderful, inspiring and brave people during my time at Wesley Mission Lifeline. It has been such an inspiring and life changing opportunity. I would highly recommend it to anyone who is thinking about it”. Thank you Arlene and all our Lifeline Sydney & Sutherland volunteers for lending a listening ear to our help seekers in their time of need.