National Volunteer Week 2023: The Change Makers

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National Volunteer Week is 15-21 May and is Australia's largest annual celebration of volunteering.
Last updated: 23 May 2023
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The week is a chance for all of us to celebrate and recognise the vital work of volunteers and to say thank you.

The theme for 2023 is ‘The Change Makers’ acknowledging  volunteers as “Change Makers who take action to make the world a better place.” 

The Change Makers turn their passions into purpose and give their energy and time to make a difference in their communities. Western Australia has one of the strongest volunteering cultures in Australia. Each year about 80 per cent of people aged 15 years and over give their time for the good of the community.

Ash Howard works at the Department of Communities and in her spare time she volunteers at the Dogs Refuge Home in Shenton Park

Ash said volunteering lets her put her love of animals to work in a meaningful way. 

“I can connect with the local community, meet new people, and get all the doggo cuddles! It gives me an opportunity to make a difference big and small, it all counts,” she said.

“I’ve personally found it’s been a welcome change of pace in my weekly routine, and a wonderfully fulfilling one at that.” 

To find your own volunteering opportunity visit the Volunteering in Western Australia website

For more information on National Volunteer Week and resources visit National Volunteer Week Toolkit - Volunteering WA.

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Ash Howard volunteers at the Dogs Refuge Home in Shenton Park.