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Celebrating our local community

Posted Wednesday 25 November 2015

In the face of an uncertain future for local government, it is timely to acknowledge the depth of community spirit that still exists in Mosman, and to thank particularly the huge band of volunteers that work for our community.

The thousands of unpaid hours contributed by our volunteers help sustain key support services, provide recreational opportunities for our children, foster pride in our community and help deliver the one-on-one outcomes that simply would not be possible otherwise.

Mosman’s volunteers include more than 250 people who regularly assist with Council services such as Meals on Wheels, Community Transport, Bush Care, Home Library, the Community Restaurant, Community Visitors Scheme and the Mosman Art Gallery. Many hundreds more contribute to local community, sporting, cultural and business organisations on a regular, seasonal or occasional basis.

Our volunteers also include the many local residents who care for family and friends with a disability or who are older and frail. These carers, often unacknowledged, make such an important contribution to the lives of others.

A recent ‘groundbreaking’ volunteering initiative has been the Art and Dementia Program delivered by volunteers at the Art Gallery – a program so successful that Council has received a grant to develop it even further. The program, which encourages older people who are socially isolated to engage more with the arts, is actively assisting some of the frailer members of our community.

In a community that relies so strongly on its volunteer workforce I encourage residents to think about the kind of contribution they currently make, or could make, through volunteering. Our existing band of volunteers can always benefit from another helping hand. A few hours each week or each month can make a difference.

But above all, thank you to all who voluntarily provide services and support for other members of our community.