This year’s National Volunteer Week (NVW) is from 21-27, May 2018. The annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of Australia’s volunteers will comprise of breakfasts, morning or afternoon teas, luncheons, open days, award ceremonies, picnics, forums and training sessions. This year’s theme is “Give a little. Change a lot.” Read more about NVW here.
On Monday 21 May 2018, SCoA joined Volunteering Australia as they hosted their annual National Volunteer Week 2018 Launch Event at Parliament House in Canberra with special guests including the Hon Dan Tehan MP, Minister for Social Services, Dr. Peter Devereux, Adjunct Research Fellow, Curtin University Sustainable Policy Institute, and many others.
The event was attended by parliamentarians, local government representatives, non-profit organisations and a range of other agencies, volunteering organisations and ACT volunteers. The highlight of the event was the focus on the incredible work that volunteers have continuously contributed towards achieving and implementing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Volunteerism, it is suggested, serve as a catalyst for SDG Implementation across a number of the Goals. “Volunteering is a cross-cutting means of implementation” which “can help to expand and mobilize constituencies” and “encourage new areas of interaction between governments and people for concrete and scalable actions.” UN Secretary General Synthesis Report (2014).
To participate in this year’s NVW, check out the events near you. SCoA congratulates Volunteering Australia on an excellent event and thank them for inviting us to take part. We acknowledge the importance of volunteers in the settlement sector in delivering much-needed services to migrants, including those from a refugee background.
We encourage our members to share your volunteering story this NVW by writing a message on how you or your organisation engages in volunteerism, and the impact that is has for you or on society. Write a message, take a photo of yourself holding the message (click here to download the message) and share it on social media with the hashtag #NVW2018 and Volunteering Australia will share your posts!