The Buzz: volunteering and events column by Naomi Christensen

One of the best things about Esperance is our active community. There are so many community groups, committees and carers working hard, often voluntarily, to make our home the best it can possibly be.

As a community, we would be lost without the people who so generously give of their time to help, so it’s important we take the time to thank them and acknowledge the sacrifices they make.

One way you can do that is by nominating an outstanding member of the community for the Australia Day WA Community Citizen of the Year Awards. 

The Australia Day Active Citizenship Awards program has been delivered in partnership with Western Australian Local Government organisations for more than 15 years.  The program has evolved into one of the key activities and draw-cards for Esperance at our annual Australia Day Citizenship celebration.

The criteria allows recognition of a wide range of community champions including Citizen of the Year, Senior Citizen of the Year (over 65 years of age), Youth Citizen of the Year (under 25 years of age) and the Active Citizenship Award (to recognise a community group or event). Nominations for the Community Citizen of the Year Awards for Australia Day 2018 are open until 31 October 2017, and can be done online at www.citizenshipawards.com.au

Carers are another group of people that deserve a big thank you in our community and one way we are doing that is by holding a Bright as All Brights Carer’s Dance on Sun 15 October for Carer’s Week 2017. 

Esperance Home Care, the Shire of Esperance, Carers Australia, Lotterywest, BOICO and the Department of Communities have all supported the event which will include finger food and mocktails, spot prizes and a special prize for the brightest outfit.

Esperance Home Care is lucky to have some of the best Volunteers in the world but are always looking for more. Volunteers are needed to help out in the activity filled Adult Respite Centre with group activities, craft and all sorts of amazing events, to help people get to and from appointments, to regularly drop-in on socially isolated people who would love a visitor and for the Intergenerational Play Group who visit the Nursing Home fortnightly. If you'd like more information about give Esperance Home Care a call on 9083 1800.

On 5 December 7.30-10am the Esperance Volunteer Resource Centre is thanking volunteers by cooking breakfast for Thank A Volunteer Day.

If you would like to find out more about volunteer opportunities in Esperance, as well as the various ways to acknowledge the work that volunteers do and to generally be more connected with the community, drop in to the Esperance Volunteer Resource Centre on Dempster St, behind the Camping store or call 9072 0346.