Celebrating our volunteers

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THE work of Glenorchy volunteers are set to be recognised at the 2019 Volunteering Awards, with Glenorchy City Council urging the community to submit nominations for deserving people.

Volunteers in Glenorchy have continuously put others before themselves, working effortlessly to help build stronger communities and networks.

Eureka Clubhouse is a rehabilitation service which follows the Clubhouse Model and is run by and for people who have or have had mental health experiences.

The members, who are also volunteers, can find friendship, understanding and confidence in a supportive environment, and at the same time develop life and employment skills.

Eureka Clubhouse rehabilitation worker and tenancy officer Anita Smith said the volunteers virtually managed the clubhouse.

“They type up agendas, prepare food and drinks, take care of the garden and help run events,” she said.

“As we only have a small team in the house, the volunteers’ help means a lot to us.

“We nominate volunteers for the awards because of how they participate and how they support each other and their friends.”

David Smith, a volunteer nominated for the 2018 Volunteer Awards, said he had visited Eureka Clubhouse most days since 2011.

“This place makes me feel needed and fills in my day,” he said.

“I make toasted sandwiches and hot drinks, help run meetings and info sessions to the Department of Psychological Medicine.

“Being a member teaches you to believe in yourself and gives you self-esteem – it empowers me, makes me feel useful and that I can make a difference to society.

“Since I became a volunteer, I have sharpened my skills.

“I feel privileged to be nominated for the Volunteer Awards.

“I don’t volunteer for the nomination, but it makes me feel appreciated.”

Glenorchy City Council will host a special volunteer reception during National Volunteer Week from 20-26 May where volunteers will be presented with their awards.

Individuals are eligible for the awards if they live in Glenorchy or perform their volunteer work within the city.

Nomination forms can be downloaded from gcc.tas.gov.au, with entries closing mid-April.

For more information, contact Fiona Butler on phone 6216 6791.

Caption: Rehabilitation worker Anita Smith and tenancy officer David Smith at Eureka Clubhouse.

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