01 May, 2014

Photo Exhibitions Celebrate Volunteers

City of Adelaide is inviting all volunteers to be part of a series of exhibitions in Community Centres and Libraries across the CBD and North Adelaide as part of a National Volunteers Week celebration on 12 May.

People who volunteer or benefit from the work of volunteers in the CBD and North Adelaide can submit their photographs and digital images depicting what volunteering means to them by emailing [email protected]

Lord Mayor Stephen Yarwood, who has volunteered for many years, is pleased that the City of Adelaide is recognising the valuable work of volunteers in this way.

“Volunteers play an integral part in so many aspects of our community which we really do appreciate and we want to tell the community all about it,” said Stephen.

“At Council we have around 340 volunteers who work on a range of projects from one off events, to helping people who are housebound, to giving advice to visitors to our city on the sights and attractions.

“National Volunteers Week provides a great opportunity to celebrate some of the ways volunteers help make our City a great place to be,” he said.

Formal volunteering in Adelaide is estimated to be worth around $943 million to the South Australian economy, while the contribution of informal volunteers amounts to even more.

City Community Program Manager Sabine Jung’s team, which is coordinating the exhibition, works closely with Council’s volunteers and with organisations throughout the city and North Adelaide who utilise the services of volunteers.

“We recognise and appreciate all that our volunteers and indeed all volunteers for their work in our community and we really want to inspire everyone to become a volunteer,” said Sabine.

“Not only is volunteering a fun way to give back to the community, it can also be a great pathway to paid work. Studies show that young people who volunteer are more likely to transition into paid employment and be paid at a higher level than those who do not.

“It’s really rewarding to be able to provide opportunities for people to come into the City and learn some new skills,” she said.

Photos must be submitted by 6 May and the exhibition 12- 31 May in Adelaide City Libraries and Community Centres. To find out more about becoming a volunteer or about the exhibition and how to submit photos and images go to cityofadelaide.com.au/volunteering.