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Can you lend a hand?

Friday, 24th May, 2019

The hard-working St Vincent de Paul Society volunteers who take care of the shop in Argent Street. PICTURE: Emily McInerney The hard-working St Vincent de Paul Society volunteers who take care of the shop in Argent Street. PICTURE: Emily McInerney

Volunteering is one of the best ways to make new friends, build relationships and learn new skills.

As part of National Volunteer Week, St Vincent de Paul Society is celebrating all of their volunteers.

The week is the annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our nation’s volunteers; this year’s theme is ‘Making a world of difference’.

Wilcannia Forbes Central Council of the St Vincent de Paul Society are proud to acknowledge the invaluable contribution our wonderful volunteers make in the delivery of services to their respective communities. 

National Volunteer Week is the largest celebration of volunteers and volunteerism in Australia, and allows the Society to join with other volunteer organisations to say ‘thank you’, for without our volunteers’ tireless contributions the Society would not exist.

These tireless efforts do not go unnoticed.

The local Vinnies Centre in Argent Street has a very friendly, social environment and the work provides a special sense of satisfaction you get from helping others and learning new skills.

Various tasks include sorting donated goods, serving at the counter, clerical and basic computer, interviewing and listening to people in need.  

Volunteer Kit Nugent has given 20 years of service with fellow volunteer Olwyn Reynolds giving 15 years’ service to the Broken Hill Conferences. They continue to volunteer in our conference and their contribution is so appreciated. 

“We also celebrate Ann Mullins and Beverley Vaughan who have given 15 years’ service to the Broken Hill centre and are also still volunteering,” a spokeswoman said.

“During Volunteer week we celebrate Kit, Olwyn, Ann and Beverley and all Vinnies volunteers and members who have given so much back to their community.

“With busy lives it can be hard to find time to volunteer. However, the benefits of volunteering are enormous to you and your community.  

“It can also provide a sense of purpose to people who are lonely or isolated and can increase self-confidence.”

St Vincent de Paul Society is therefore calling for citizens in Broken Hill to consider volunteering with them in their Centre or Conference at 97-99 Argent Street. 

Men and women of all ages and denominations are welcome and encouraged to join.

Even a couple of hours a week would be a great help.

If you are interested in volunteering, call in at the Vinnies Centre, or telephone (08) 8087 5813.

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