Lane Cove Residents Can Now Volunteer via the Emergency Support Volunteer Website

Lane Cove likes to volunteer.  Results of the 2016 Census reveal that 25% of Lane Cove residents volunteer in some capacity.  It could be at your local sporting group, scout group, school, meals on wheels or Rotary.  This is pretty impressive as the NSW average volunteering rate is 18%.

In the Cove knows you like to volunteer.  We are frequently asked about local volunteering opportunities. When COVID9 hit, ITC was inundated with people putting their hands up to volunteer to help anyone who was vulnerable, elderly or in isolation and needed assistance.

Volunteering is not only good for the community but it is good for the person volunteering their time.

Many studies have demonstrated that helping others leads to a happier life. The London School of Economics examined the relationship between volunteering and happiness and found the more people volunteered, the happier they were. Compared with people who never volunteered, the odds of being “very happy” rose 7% among those who volunteer monthly and 12% for people who volunteer every two to four weeks. Among weekly volunteers, 16% felt very happy.

Benefits of Volunteering

  1. Volunteering connects you to others
  2. Volunteering is good for your mind and body
  3. Volunteering can advance your career
  4. Volunteering brings fun and fulfillment to your life

Emergency Support Volunteering Website

The NSW Government has now put in place a volunteering website where volunteers are being empowered to provide welfare checks, deliver supplies and offer essential transport to vulnerable people.  The new online platform links community members with charities, NGOs and councils in need of support. The NSW Government has partnered with the Centre for Volunteering to develop this platform which is also operating in Victoria and Western Australia.

Minister for Families, Communities and Disability Services Gareth Ward encouraged volunteers and organisations to register on the new Emergency Support Volunteering website to help support people impacted by COVID-19.

“In times of crisis, we rally around each other and do everything we can to support those who are struggling. We saw it during the bushfire emergency and we are seeing it again now,” Mr Ward said.

“The pandemic is placing a significant strain on volunteer-driven organisations who support vulnerable members of our community, and many require more people to help meet demand.

“This platform allows you to register your details online and an organisation in your local area will get in touch and offer volunteering opportunities when they arise.”

Centre for Volunteering CEO Gemma Rygate said the platform prioritises the safety and wellbeing of participants and is designed to offer informal voluntary opportunities that consider physical distancing restrictions.

“There are many ways you can safely volunteer during the current pandemic, including by making welfare check phone calls from the comfort of your home, or by delivering groceries to those unable to do their own shopping,” Ms Rygate said.

“This new platform is a link for spontaneous volunteers and organisations, and has the capacity to be used beyond COVID-19 as a means of connecting willing participants with organisations in need of support during an emergency.”

For more information, and to register, visit Emergency Support Volunteering.

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