The benefits of volunteering flow both ways

“Those services are really important to people, and we just couldn’t run them without our volunteers,” Ms Lumby said.

“The service would not run at all without them, so they are really appreciated.”

Currently GoCo has volunteers in Gunnedah, Kootingal, Nundle and Barraba. Opportunities to help out with transport, social support groups, one on one social support and meals on wheels are provided at our different locations. Ideally we would like to have at least twice that amount, and are very flexible in hours and commitment, with volunteers able to commit to as little as one hour a month.

This year there has been a push nationwide to recruit more young people into volunteer roles, with many employers suggesting volunteer work on a person’s CV is highly valuable, while several other skills can also be acquired.

“It would be nice to get some young people on board,” Ms Lumby said.

“We would be happy to put some younger people on and then be used as a referee for future jobs.”