National Volunteers Week 2022
Have you ever taken the opportunity to volunteer? Perhaps because you wanted to ‘give something back’ to the community? You may have been personally affected by a cause needing help? Have you volunteered your time to gain some employability skills for your CV? Or simply, to make new friends?
Whatever your drive to volunteer, National Volunteer Week is the annual celebration to acknowledge the generous contribution of our nation’s volunteers. Volunteers play a vital role in times of crisis, in boosting community and marginalised groups’ resilience, and crucially, in increasing government reach.
For Victorians, there is a special free event by Volunteering Victoria on Tuesday 17th May in Federation Square, Melbourne, to celebrate First Nations Community Giving and the launch of our first Reconciliation Action Plan.
One of the Panelists is Ricki Spencer (They/Her) M.Ed. who is a qualified teacher and current student at the University of Melbourne completing their Master of Learning Intervention. They are a public advocate for people living with a disability, transgender, and First Nations who are important identities lived.
Ricki identifies as a First Nations transgender nonbinary person with lived experiences of disability. They are passionate about local planning issues in relation to access to health and services for marginalized groups in Victoria.
Ricki has also presented her finding to the Royal Commission for Disability Safety in trans and gender diverse reformation in health education and relationships for queer students with disabilities in Victorian Schools.
It might inspire you to know, that there is work being done, and action being taken.
If you think you might be able to help make the world a better place for everyone by volunteering along with millions of volunteers around Australia, GoVolunteer makes it easy to find a volunteer role that suits your interests, motivation, availability and location.
Be inspired by our previous Volunteering stories on the Blog:
Participant Michael Volunteers
Participant Robert Volunteers