National Volunteers Week: May 16-22

National Volunteers Week: May 16-22

Volunteering Queensland continues to make a difference in communities around Australia, by finding connection through volunteering.

Plenty of Gladstone organisations rely on the help of volunteers to continually have a positive impact on the Region. The Gladstone Coordinated Community Response to Domestic and Family Violence (CCRDFV) proudly have volunteers involved in their programs.

“Volunteering for CCRDFV has helped me heal and grow as a person after experiencing trauma, I am proud to volunteer for CCRDFV, to give back to the community, and I have formed some amazing friendships as a result,” said an anonymous volunteer at Gladstone’s CCRDFV.

The environment that CCRDFV provides through programs such as their ‘Love Bites’ program is an encouraging, safe space that has a positive impact on participants as well as volunteers.

“I liked how we could talk about anything without feeling embarrassed, it was a safe environment to talk about sensitive and important topics,” said a Love Bites participant.

The CCRDFV is a shining example of what can be achieved when a community is given the opportunity to learn and grow together, with the right volunteers. CCRDFV is officially 26 years young, having had its first formal meet in 1996, although there were activities for a couple of years prior to this date that commenced the concept of the CCRDFV. Since then, the CCRDFV has continued to grow in strength and support.

The CCRDFV has authored some fantastic awareness initiatives in its time, such as the creation of the Avenue of Peace at Friend Park, Barney Point to remember those lost to Domestic and Family Violence (D&FV), yearly D&FV Remembrance Days to remember those who have lost their lives to D&FV and support their family and friends left behind. The CCRDFV come together to run yearly awareness campaigns in May due to it being D&FV Prevention Month. They have been running the Paint the Town Purple for some years now, where they ask everyone to go purple in their circle of influence, work, social, or sporting teams, to start important conversations about D&FV and bring D&FV out from behind closed doors.

The ‘This N That Shop’ is another Gladstone organisation that largely relies on contributions from volunteers to be able to give back to the community. Irene Dudley, a volunteer at the This N That Shop of eight years said that she finds her work very rewarding.

“If I’m on the counter I get to meet an amazing array of people from all walks of life. We get visitors from many places around Australia,” said Irene.

“When sorting donations it is astounding how much is receive and we are only one small place. We do our best to recycle where we can and not increase landfill. All volunteers enjoy the sociability and doing a worthwhile community service.”

BJ, a volunteer with Gladstone Region Awareness of Suicide Prevention Network (GRASP), the Gladstone Coordinated Community Response to Domestic and Family Violence (CCRDFV) and the Gladstone Food Centre said that he has loved volunteering since he was 15, and has no intention of stopping.

“I can’t even explain what I feel when I’m volunteering. It just feels good for my soul. As someone who has spent parts of my life being homeless, I know firsthand how much of a difference volunteers and these programs can have on your life,” said BJ.

“Being able to maintain those connections that you make with people is so rewarding. Sometimes people who I have helped will come back and see me weeks later to tell me that they’ve gotten a house, or they’ve gotten a job, and that is just an indescribable feeling.”

Volunteers needed in below roles.

Flourish Festival: May 28 | 3pm – 9pm

Volunteer needed for Welcome Crew.

 

This and That Shop

Volunteers needed. Call 4972 9740

 

Food Centre

Volunteers needed. Call 4972 9484