A large Queensland provider has reported a five per cent boost in volunteer numbers over the past 12 months in spite of the tough economic conditions.
Blue Care Executive Director Stephen Muggleton said the organisation would use National Volunteer Week (10-16 May) to pay tribute to its dedicated volunteers.
“It’s encouraging to know more people are giving back to the community regardless of recent economic pressures and for this we are truly grateful and say thank you,” he said.
There are currently more than 2,200 volunteers supporting Blue Care activities throughout Queensland and northern NSW.
Mr Muggleton said local volunteers contribute much more than time to the organisation.
“Volunteers assist with many activities from support visits, companionship, transport and clerical work to helping with recreational activities such as music, excursions and arts and crafts,” he said.
“More importantly, they are dedicated to improving the quality of life of those in need in the community through friendship and compassion which is an invaluable gift.
“Blue Care services are subsidised by governments, however, as the costs of caring are substantially more than the funds provided, we rely on the generous support of volunteers to help us deliver the best care for our clients and residents.”
Blue Care staff and volunteers provide care for more than 12,500 clients.