SENIORS featured heavily in the National Volunteer celebrations held across Perth last week.
It’s no secret that retirees and the over 55s make up a large part of the volunteer army that help run countless services in WA including tourist attractions, community food deliveries and libraries.
So when covid struck last year, councils quickly became aware of how important they were to delivering local services.
“Back in early 2020 the City of Stirling was faced with a difficult set of circumstances,” mayor Mark Irwin says.
“At the time, a large proportion of our volunteers were considered ‘at risk’ with regard to covid-1, so we had to protect their health.
“At the same time, we faced unprecedented demand and we needed to deliver services to the community like we had never done so before.
“We diverted staff from facilities that were closed over to our community services, meals on wheels and transport services during the worst of the pandemic.”
But with the vaccine roll-out now beginning to protect the most vulnerable in society, mayor Irwin was delighted to hold a special ‘Thank You’ afternoon tea to welcome back some of the 500 volunteers in the City of Stirling.
“I am so very glad that we can welcome back our much loved and much needed volunteers, and continue to grow from strength to strength,” he says.
“We are forever indebted to our volunteers who do this out of the goodness of their hearts for our Stirling community. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”
In the City of Perth, retired public servant and retailer Barry Capes has been working as an iCity volunteer for more than 12 years.
He helps Perth visitors find their way, answering questions or giving directions with a friendly grin. “The secret is you must adapt to the good and the bad with a smile,” Barry wisely says.
If you are interested in volunteering in the City of Perth contact firstname.lastname@example.org. au or to help out in Stirling go to stirling.wa.gov.au/volunteer