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DECD says ‘thank you’ to dedicated volunteers

Friday, May 8, 2015

More than 25,000 Department for Education and Child Development volunteers will be recognized for their hard work and tireless dedication to children and young people as part of National Volunteer Week, which kicks off on Monday.

DECD Office for Children and Young People Executive Director, Trish Strachan, said staff, volunteers and students will take part in Monday’s National Volunteer Week Parade to say ‘thank you’ to its volunteers.

“Volunteers are the cornerstone of our community and vital to the delivery of quality education and care services across the state,” Ms Strachan said.

“Our 25,000 selfless volunteers help in schools, preschools, children’s centres and in child protection.

“In schools and preschools they are often unsung heroes doing simple but important tasks such as reading to students, helping out with excursions, acting as mentors, participating in parents and friends committees, coaching the netball team, helping in the kitchen garden or working in the canteen.

“We also have thousands of governing council members devoting their time to making schools and preschools the best they can be for our children and young people.

“Volunteers with Families SA provide an invaluable connection for some of the state’s most vulnerable children and young people with their community – engaging them in activities that many children and young people may take for granted. They provide support to ensure, where possible, that children have opportunities to connect meaningfully with their families.

“It’s important for us to use this week to recognise our valuable volunteers that give up their time and energy to help children and young people across South Australia.”

This year’s National Volunteer Week theme ‘Give Happy. Live Happy’ is about recognising more than 6 million volunteers across Australia that give happiness to others. It also aims to promote that research shows volunteers themselves are happier as a result of giving their time to others.

To mark National Volunteer Week:

  • DECD staff, volunteers and students will join in the National Volunteer Week Parade, starting from the Torrens Parade Ground and finishing at Victoria Square, from 10:30am Monday (11 May) morning.
  • Schools, preschools, children’s centres and Families SA sites will also hold events to acknowledge the work their volunteers do.